Representation

Jussie Smollett on his ‘Empire’ character having a white boyfriend: “I said: ‘F*ck no!'”

Jussie Smollett cutting a piece of paper

In a recent appearance on The Clay Cane Show on SiriusXM, Jussie Smollett reveals that his character Jamal on the hit show Empire almost had a white boyfriend, but he put a swift stop to it.

“There was talk about Jamal having a white boyfriend and I said, ‘F*ck no!’” Smollett explains.

It had nothing to do with white people, the 35-year-old says. He thinks interracial relationships are fantastic! He just believed the show would have a greater impact if audiences could see two loving gay black men represented. And he was right.

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“We have a such a beautiful opportunity to show two black men in a relationship together,” he says. “In a healthy relationship.”

Smollett, who came out in 2015, continues: “It was important and that wasn’t anything against white men. It was just a thing of… this is what I hope, this what I want to see, this is what I wished I had seen as a kid.”

“If I had seen certain things as an adolescent, I would have had a much different understanding of who I am in an earlier space. I do think that is important to show.”

Can’t argue with that!

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