Lee Daniels Says Racism Isn’t ‘Real’ Because He Doesn’t ’Embrace’ It
During a visit to the daytime talk show ‘The Real,’ Lee Daniels explains his decision to cast a white woman as the lead character for his latest Fox drama ‘Star.’
“I thought that it was important to address race relations in America,” Daniels said. “We are, truly I believe, in a civil war. And I think that when we understand that we’re all one that [we will] then understand America. And America is still to be understood by us.”
Set in the hip-hop haven of Atlanta, “Star” follows three young women (Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady) who form a musical act and navigate the cutthroat business on their way to success. The cast also includes Queen Latifah and Benjamin Bratt.
“I think that this white girl is so fabulous that black people will embrace her, and white people will embrace her,” Daniels said of Demorest’s character.
Daniels also went on to say,
“I think that this white girl is so fabulous that black people will embrace her, and white people will embrace her,”
The world renowned director also went on to attribute his career’s success to refusing to “embrace” racism. Daniels feels that this new character could potentially help heal race relations.