Empire Fans Has Been Given Negative Feedback Due To Jessie Smollett (Jamal Lyon) Playing A Gay Role
|Empire Fans Has Been Given Negative Feedback Due To Jessie Smollett|
(Jamal Lyon) Playing A Gay Role
The show’s creator spoke about some of the backlash at the 2015 Produced By Conference in LA on Sunday.
While noting the show’s poignant scenes between Terrence Howard’s character Luscious and Jamal, played by Jussie Smollett, the creator says he and Smollett have gotten death threats over the homosexual story lines.
Daniels once again explained most of Jamal’s aesthetic derives from his own experiences with his father.
“Jussie [Smollett] and I get death threats because of the statements we are trying to make” Daniels said about some responses to the show’s subplot “I have to relate to these people,” Daniels said at the conference. “That trash can scene? It happened.”
“I have to relate to these people honestly,” he said. “That trash can scene?
It happened,” Daniels added, referring to a flashback scene in which a young Jamal is put into a trash can by his father — something which Daniels has said actually happened to him when his father discovered he was gay.