Lee Daniels took to Instagram to attempt to clarify comments he made earlier this week on ‘The Real.’
While discussing his new Fox series, ‘Star,’ Lee said that he made the show’s lead character white “because I thought that instinctively, the country needed to heal.” He added, “I think that this white girl is so fabulous that black people will embrace her, and white people will embrace her.”
Lee also said that he didn’t let racism play a role in his career and make him into an “angry black man.”
“I wouldn’t be where I was if I embraced racism. If I embraced it, then it became real. And if it became real, I would be an angry black man,” he said.
Needless to say, people weren’t really feeling any of that.
meanwhile, lee daniels is a moron. a flat out idiot. https://t.co/kICuQlEFMi
— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) December 7, 2016
Lee Daniels has to do better
— bree (@breeftw_) December 8, 2016
Lee Daniels is still a trash ass person
— ???? (@_BriNikole) December 8, 2016
Lee Daniels is nixed from the cookout. Just so y'all know.
— Jamarey Carter (@J_theLyric) December 8, 2016
Dear Lee Daniels, I refuse to embrace gravity and that's why I can fly to the moon. #DenyReality4Success
— Your Canadian GirlFriend (@YourCanadianGF) December 8, 2016
Between Charlemagne and Lee Daniels, it's been a disappointing 24hrs. I honestly should have seen it coming though.
— Not in Courtroom 502 (@KeLaSoul) December 7, 2016
Lee Daniels says that racism isn't real cause he doesn't embrace it. I don't embrace my student loans but they're still there so fall back.
— Pebbles (@I_Am_ErikaG) December 8, 2016
Lee Daniels, CANCELED
That STAR shit, CANCELED
— Patrick Star (@PattEsquire) December 8, 2016
In response to the backlash, Lee shared the following video and explanation for his comments:
Did y’all know what he meant?