With the success of “Empire,” and the hit show opening the gates for more diversity in Hollywood, Lee Daniels is sitting pretty being among those at the top of the TV game right now.

And he’s not shy about voicing his preferences when it comes to the series he helped created, as evidenced during a recent roundtable discussion in the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter.

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“I don’t know what gives me more pleasure: watching my story unfold or going in and watching a room full of black people talking for me and writing words for black people,” Daniels said when asked if he felt more pressure to diversity his group of talent after the success of “Empire.” “I hate white people writing for black people; it’s so offensive. So we go out and look specifically for African-American voices. Yes, it’s all about reverse racism!”

Among those on hand for the roundtable to discuss Hollywood’s lack of diversity, among other issues, were Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”), Damon Lindelof (“The Leftovers”), Alex Gansa (“Homeland”), Michelle King (“The Good Wife”), and Sarah Treem (“The Affair”).

The Reporter noted “Empire’s attention to diversity as the show boasts having the most diverse writers rooms in network television. And while six of the nine writers on “Empire” are comprised of people of color, it’s not something that was deliberately sought, according to Francie Calfo, head of Imagine Television, the studio behind “Empire.

“It wasn’t as if we sat down and said, ‘Let’s find the best African-American writers for this show,’” Calfo told Variety in January. “We were just looking for the best writers.”

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15 thoughts on “Lee Daniels: ‘I Hate White People Writing for Black People’

  1. I find it amusing that this young man Daniels would even be ignorant enough to even use this word “hate” as part of his vocabulary. Mr. Daniels I don’t know if your aware, but racism is running rampant in America again, some choose to hide behind their sheets, and some are willing to come out in the open with using these types of word, and or words. If you didn’t know yet Mr. Daniels, words have power, try to use other words, that reflect some love, togetheness, joy, peace. You are no different than any group out there that preaches, and or uses similar words that keeps the devisiveness going among the races.

  2. Mrknowitall on said:

    This A hole is a black racist biggott. He assumes all black people think the same way. Black supremacy anyone? This racist judges people by their skin color. Would he hire a black Republican.

  3. You need to be of the same race to write a story . . . hmmm. Hollywood and the Academy Awards would not exist if that was the case. Ask Denzel and a few others . . .

    • Tammy on said:

      No, you can write a story BUT if you story is about and EXPERIENCES about a race of people, how can you truly write about it about YOU NEVER experience it? No, you can not no matter how “politically correct” some folks want it to be. It is like somone wanting to write a story about how to raise children YET that person NEVER been around kids to help raise nor has any children. The same with a man trying to tell how women feel and to be a woman. If you do not have a v******a and deal with cramps and everything that woman goes through, you do not know as MAN.

      • I agree, that was the downfall of plenty of sitcoms in the 70’s; Sanford and Son, What’s Happening, Good Times, etc. You can tell when a show is written by experience and when it is not. Very evident to the audience.

      • Mrknowitall on said:

        So, you believe all black people are one minded. Pity on black biggotts.
        I call for all black writers to be fired, because thay can’t possibly wright for European American actors; they don’t have the same background.

  4. You can write from the human perspective. Many stories resonate with people, not because the writer is a particular color, but the experiences that writer brings to the table. Historically, white writers have not done a good job of writing black characters. They stereotype black people, language and culture.

    • Timekeeeper on said:

      And I think that was his main point. Illustrated so beautifully by Robert Townsend in the movie ” Hollywood Shuffle”

  5. Hey, it”s the “White American Way,” can’t stand to see a culture have anything without them having a hands in it; particularly the “black culture” especially if it is successful, and is a million/billion dollar business; which is offensive, because white America tend to think black culture cannot be successful without their capitalist nose in it; which boils down to “fear and jealousy”.”

  6. Hey, it”s the “White American Way,” can’t stand to see a culture have anything without them having a hands in it; particularly the “black culture” especially if it is successful, and is a million/billion dollar business; which is offensive, because white America tend to think black culture cannot be successful without their capitalist nose in it.

  7. I wonder what he would think about a man saying, “I hate a gay guy writing for straight men. It’s so offensive”. “Yes, it’s all about reverse discrimination”. Glass houses.

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