Lee Daniels and Jussie Smollett Got Death Threats Over ‘Empire’s’ Gay Storyline

lee-daniels-taraji-henson-jussie-smollettEmpire co-creator and executive producer Lee Daniels revealed Sunday at the 2015 Produced By Conference in Los Angeles that he and Jussie Smollett, who plays the gay character Jamal, have received violent threats from some of the show’s audience.

“I have to relate to these people honestly,” Daniels said of the show’s diverse audience, “that trash can scene? It happened.”

He’s referring to a flashback scene in which a young Jamal is put into a trash can by his father, a furious Lucious Lyon (played by Terrence Howard), after Lucious discovers Jamal dressing up in his mother’s clothing and strutting around the house.

“Homophobia is real. It exists… Jussie and I both get death threats. But we will continue to do our thing,” Daniels told attendees on the Paramount Pictures lot.

Empire returns to Fox for a second, 18-episode season on Sept. 23.

18 thoughts on “Lee Daniels and Jussie Smollett Got Death Threats Over ‘Empire’s’ Gay Storyline

  1. Na jealous deh kill them,cus u fine pass them and ur market deh sell pass,ur even making cash and now a celeb.. hmmm why deh no go threat u when ur life is more fab than theirs…

  2. Jussie is so fine *fainting in his arms*, i wish he will show some skin in Empire Season 2 like he did in The Skinny(nice black Lgbt movie-wish they had more of this kind of movie)

  3. Threaten someone because of a mere work of art? Hmmm. I wonder if it’s the same 24hrs I have in a day that some folks have. People really have time.

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