'Empire' creator Lee Daniels voices his concern on Donald Trump

BY TOBI GERDES | PUBLISHED: 03-14-2017

The star noted that he is finding it hard to explain the Trump presidency to his son, adding that it is is hard and frightening to be a black dad at the moment.

'Empire' creator Lee Daniels has voiced his opinion that having Donald Trump as US President could have a positive impact on the creative community.

"Some of the best literature will come from the Trump administration, " Daniels said on Sunday during an off-the-cuff and often emotional keynote panel at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
He added that the United States is in trying times right now, noting the Trump is a reflection of "who we are."

The star noted that he is finding it hard to explain the Trump presidency to his son, adding that it is is hard and frightening to be a black dad at the moment.

Known for the Oscar-nominated film 'Precious' and 'Lee Daniels' The Butler', Daniels admitted at the start of the presentation that he had not prepared a speech, and instead would expound on points raised by his publicist.

Daniels added that he does not understand the #OscarsSoWhite hullabaloo, saying that although he knows that racism is real, he will not let it stop or define him.

He added that society had created a generation that where people feel entitled, but he believes that no one owes him anything.

The superstar added that he only created 'Empire' to make some money for once, describing his family as a "family of drug dealers." He, however, added that he "was too pussy to sell drugs, mentioning how his upbringing in the "ghetto of Philadelphia" shaped his projects, including 'Empire.'

The star, who is gay, said that he learned he was different at a young age but was aware that if he expressed that difference early on, "it would get me killed."

His father, a boxer and a cop who died in the line of duty, tried to "make a man out of me," and would physically beat him.

After his father's death, Daniels ventured into the world of theater. He ultimately landed a job assisting with casting and producing on Prince's 'Purple Rain.'

The experience encouraged him to create roles for black actors. He was embarrassed to see black people play maids, and was at a loss how to explain to these actors that there were no roles for them.

He then decided to venture out on his projects, including 'Empire' and 'Star.

 

 

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Andrew McDonald - Aug 16, 2017
The star noted that he is finding it hard to explain the Trump presidency to his son, adding that it is is hard and frightening to be a black dad at the moment.
James Carlin - Aug 16, 2017
The star noted that he is finding it hard to explain the Trump presidency to his son, adding that it is is hard and frightening to be a black dad at the moment.
Sam Klein - Aug 16, 2017
The star noted that he is finding it hard to explain the Trump presidency to his son, adding that it is is hard and frightening to be a black dad at the moment.
Jeremy Morrow - Aug 16, 2017
The star noted that he is finding it hard to explain the Trump presidency to his son, adding that it is is hard and frightening to be a black dad at the moment.
Tobi Gerdes - Aug 15, 2017
The star noted that he is finding it hard to explain the Trump presidency to his son, adding that it is is hard and frightening to be a black dad at the moment.
Harry Marcolis - Aug 15, 2017
The star noted that he is finding it hard to explain the Trump presidency to his son, adding that it is is hard and frightening to be a black dad at the moment.
Andrew McDonald - Aug 15, 2017
The star noted that he is finding it hard to explain the Trump presidency to his son, adding that it is is hard and frightening to be a black dad at the moment.