I just have to get this out really quickly.
As you may or may not know, Empire is back for season 2 tonight (Wednesday, March 30, 2016). One of Empire’s leading characters is Jamal Lyon, portrayed by the great Jussie Smollet. Jamal (and Jussie) are openly gay, and a big part of the Empire story is how homosexuality affects the black nuclear family and the music industry.
Also, Love and Hip Hop Atlanta is back for its 137th season starting Monday, April 4, 2016. A new edition to the cast is Grammy-winning producer and recording artist, D. Smith. D. Smith is the first transgender cast member in the history of the ceaseless series.
I know that everyone has opposing opinions about the LGBT community, and as uneducated and insensitive as some these opinions may be, everyone is entitled to their opinion. That’s fine. However, let’s take it back to kindergarten. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
Before you write your nonessential, birdbrained think pieces or your pontificated hotep Facebook posts, here’s a crazy idea that just might leave everyone happy, don’t watch it.
It’s a win-win for everyone.
It always interest me that those of you who are so disgusted by two men kissing on television still tune in every single week. You don’t have to watch it. Get your handy dandy remote and press or “power” button and poof it’s gone.
I’m ready to see Taraji P. Henson act a fool as Cookie Lyson. Love and Hip Hop ATL looks like a ratchet good time that I’m sure I’ll look at come Monday. It would be wonderful if I, and the others that enjoy these programs, can do so without sifting through the unnecessary homophobia and transphobia. We don’t need it.