Lee Daniels Explains (Again) Why He Chose a White Lead for 'STAR': 'I Wanted White People to Feel Good About Being White'

Lee Daniels has been making the rounds to promote his new FOX drama series STAR, and he recently sat down with EBONY.com to discuss what viewers can expect if they decide to tune in.

STAR features newcomers Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady and tells the story of three young women who form a girl group and move to Atlanta, Georgia, to pursue a career in the music industry.

During a recent appearance on The Real, Lee stated that he made the lead character in STAR white because he felt “the country needed to heal.” During that same appearance, he also stated that the reason for his success has been his refusal to acknowledge racism throughout his career.

Now Lee has people scratching their heads (again) because of an excerpt from his latest interview.

Check out what he had to say below.


“We are in a very dangerous state right now in our country and I wanted White people to feel good about being White because right now, there’s a lot of hatred going on,” Daniels explains before further detailing the story he created. “It started out with this White girl that was just badass and would do anything: kill, rob, have sex, whatever to get to the top. Then, I realized as I was writing, that it was more about a girl group. Their whole world is about what happened to me when I left home and went to Hollywood and the struggles I went through.”

Well, alright.

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