'Empire' creator Lee Daniels was unhappy with test audiences that disapproved of 2 men kissing onscreen. Washington Post entertainment reporter Cecilia Kang reports that ratings "plummeted" after actors Jussie Smollett (Jamal), left, and Rafael de La Fuente (Michael) shared a same-sex kiss in the show's pilot.
"The test audiences they showed this to...the ratings plummeted," King said. "They did not like that scene at all."
But the openly gay Daniels (pictured at left with friend Sean Combs) ignored the audience reaction and pressed ahead with his gay agenda. The 55-year-old Philadelphia native blamed the audience response on what he calls the ongoing "homophobia" within the black community.
Daniels' assertion that only the black race has a problem with 2 men kissing onscreen is insulting and ignorant.
The reality is rampant disapproval and opposition to the unhealthy homosexual lifestyle is seen in all races and nationalities.
The Fox TV network has enjoyed record ratings with the show's success among African American and Hispanic audiences. But it's interesting to note that no gay kiss scenes have cropped up in recent episodes.
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