Is Fox’s Empire to Real Life Messy?

Photo: FoxTV
Photo: FoxTV

The success of the Fox hit show Empire has exploded into modeling, music, and fashion deals for the cast of the hit show. Fox’s breakout drama drew 16.2 million viewers to its season two premiere, crushed every other program on Wednesday night, and, more importantly to the network, averaged a massive 6.7 rating among adult viewers 19-49, reports Nielsen. That’s up 81 percent from the show’s series premiere last January, and down just slightly from the show’s all-time high.

The show’s success is currently being over shadowed by the real life drama surrounding the scripted comments about celebrities like 50 cents and Donnie McClurkin.  

During the season 2 premiere of Empire when art imitated life as Cookie Lyon (played by Taraji Henson) through some very meta shade at the rapper:

“50 Cent still taking jabs at us. Look what he put on the ‘Gram. Thirsty ass.”

In true 50 Cent fashion, the rapper took to his Instagram to respond in multiple posts. 

“Can’t believe Cookie would say some shit like that about me. Thirsty, me? Thirsty? Come on, you stupid?” the rapper said in an Instagram video. He also added, “Man, me and Cookie go way back. You know I hit that.” During the show there was also a Donnie McClurkin reference, who serves as a pastor. “Fashion Queens” star Miss Lawrence appeared on the show. His character was auditioning as a flamboyant gay singer, he then mentioned that Donnie McClurkin would be attending an LGBT award show. Lee Daniels is an openly gay man and Donnie McClurkin is a reformed homosexual. It was clearly a jab on McClurkin’s stands against gay marriage.  See clip below…


McClurkin didn’t take too kindly to the reference and issued this press release.

“There’s no explanation or understandable reason for the actions people take under the guise of entertainment.  When did the art of creative writing resort to penning scripts for shock value and controversy? During the premiere of FOX Television’s hit show, Empire, the writers targeted gospel artist Donnie McClurkin. 

There are several ways one can respond to this new form of bullying and the pastor, singer songwriter took to Twitter to share his comments:

“It was brought to my attention via social media that my name was included in a “back-handed”  manner during a scene in the FOX show, Empire. What might have been meant for evil, God uses for good! Despite the scripting used by @leedanielsent it has helped bring attention to the gospel of Jesus Christ that I sing and preach, an empowering moment! To my brothers and sisters, thank you for your support, encouragement & love! No negativity towards @leedanielsent let’s show the love of Jesus,” says McClurkin.

“Let this experience be a reminder that as loving Christians we’re called to share the good news of Christ and be examples of God’s love on the earth.”

In a compelling story: No Longer a Victim , McClurkin explains that his first sexual experience was rape, at the age of eight-years-old, at the hands of his Uncle. And then at 13, that same Uncle’s son molested him.

McClurkin became a christian, however instead of the men in the church helping him heal from the abuse, they exploited his confusion and introduced him to a secret, homosexual lifestyle.

McClurkin says it wasn’t until years later, with help from God, he began to finally heal from the hurt of being raped, molested and abused at the hands of men in the church.

Empire seem to be crossing a serious line with their real life and controversial story line. Many viewers and blog readers seem to get confused by the real life reality show drama, that is developing from the show’s story line.


#empire #tarjaiphenson #50cent #terrencehoward #jussie #leedaniels

Leave a Comment ..