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.
“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!