Lee Daniels gave EBONY magazine one hell of a soundbite when talking about his new show Star.
The show, which premiered in December, revolves around a White character who wants to get into the music industry in Atlanta and is a member of a three-girl singing group. She is fighting to be heard in a genre of music that is dominated by African-Americans though. So the show is attempting to show race through a different lens, one where Blacks are the ones with prejudice.
Daniels summed up the plot with this quote:
“We are in a very dangerous state right now in our country and I wanted White people to feel good about being White because right now, there’s a lot of hatred going on. It started out with this White girl that was just badass and would do anything: kill, rob, have sex, whatever to get to the top. Then, I realized as I was writing, that it was more about a girl group. Their whole world is about what happened to me when I left home and went to Hollywood and the struggles I went through. ”
Yeah, we don’t know what the hell he is talking about either.
This isn’t Daniels’ first time at the race rodeo. This is the same man who said that “racism wasn’t real because I didn’t embrace it.” He’s also the same man who is accused of getting Mo’Nique blackballed from Hollywood for “not playing the game” after she won an Oscar for her role in Precious.
Star airs on FOX. Check local listings.