“Empire’’ has proven to be an envelope pusher when it comes to network television.
From story lines that include homophobia within the Black community and mental health, the show doesn’t skip a beat when it comes to addressing poignant issues in the Black community.
But one actor does take issue with the show not being authentic enough when it comes to the language it uses. Terrence Howard, who plays Lucious Lyons, feel that in order to become even more genuine, Empire needs to cut out some of the political correctness when it comes to using the ‘n’ word.
Howard makes case
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actor gave his reasons in defense of the ‘n’ word.
“If we start getting silly, if we start playing to people’s fancies, then we don’t deserve to be where we are,” Howard stated. “It’s a big pressure because I want to be a truth-sayer. I want to raise the bar. I want to get rid of this f—ed up word called PC. I think it’s a gate for bigotry because as long as you’re politically correct you can say anything you want but feel some way different.”
“I’m mad that we don’t say nigger in the show,” he stated. “Why is TV showing something different from the reality of the world? Why is there a thing called censorship that stop people from hearing everyday talk? We use nigger every day. It’s become part of a conversation – why aren’t we using it in the show?”
Others against it
Not everyone is in agreement with Howard, including David Rambo, a writer and co-executive producer on the show. In an interview with TMZ, Rambo stated that a White writer has no business in deciding if the ‘n’ word should be used.
Director Lee Daniels also seems to think the word has no place on the show. Last year, Daniels stated that the word would not be used on the show because of the negativity surrounding it.
“No you would piss people off,” Henson stated after the reporter asked if the word should be used to be more authentic.