When The People’s Scholar Dr.Boyce Watkins discussed his disinterest in tuning into the hit TV Show “Empire” – I didn’t get it.
Dr. Watkins stated, “Fox is not known for producing the most favorable images of black people, so I figured this show wouldn’t be any different. For some reason, black dysfunctionality makes for great television, and there is a long line of white guys getting rich off of our willingness to celebrate all that makes us miserable.”
That statement – I understand clearly; however nothing Dr.Watkins stated made me want to STOP watching EMPIRE.
I believe, there are a multitude of dimensions to “black people.” I work in Hollywood and I know, that leading roles for Taraji Penda Henson won’t come across a creative executive desk as often as leading roles for Jennifer Aniston.
Hollywood depicts black poverty, black homosexuality, black hardships, and black wealth, and some of these depictions are a “true” replica of black life.
“Empire” is an exciting show to watch and what I find the most interesting about “BLACK TELEVISION” is…it’s usually WRITTEN by a large group of WHITE PEOPLE.
So, I’m cutting off EMPIRE this season and it has nothing to do with the cast, the storyline, or anything to do with its creative structure.
I was working out a few days ago and FOX News had three middle age caucasian women discussing the #DeathOfSandraBland and their description of her was so horrific it almost brought tears to my eyes…I wanted to defend Sandra some kind of way, I wanted to protect her image from people who have never met her, but would potentially take on the same point of view of her as these conservatives.
That’s when it hit me..Sometimes we support the blackface and our oppressor at the same time. Fox could care less about the progression of African American people – they mock the deaths of our youth by justifying each pulled trigger, and it’s okay – as long as we tune in and watch “Empire.”
Fuck Fox & Fuck Empire! You will NOT humiliate a dead black woman, my dead sister, my dead cousin, and my dead friend and expect me to show some kind of support to your black tv show!