Say What Now? Lee Daniels Says He Made the 'Star' Lead Character White Because 'the Country Needed to Heal' & He Refuses to 'Embrace' Racism [Video]

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Lee Daniels says that me made the lead character of his new Fox drama, ‘Star,’ a white girl because he felt like ‘the country needed to heal.’

We don’t really know how a white lead character in a primetime television drama is supposed to ‘heal’ the country — do you?

via The Wrap:

During an appearance on the syndicated daytime talk show “The Real” on Tuesday, the producer said that he believes that the U.S. is in the midst of “a civil war.”

“I thought that it was important to address race relations in America,” Daniels said. “We are, truly I believe, in a civil war. And I think that when we understand that we’re all one that [we will] then understand America. And America is still to be understood by us.”

Set in the hip-hop haven of Atlanta, “Star” follows three young women (Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady) who form a musical act and navigate the cutthroat business on their way to success. The cast also includes Queen Latifah and Benjamin Bratt.

“I think that this white girl is so fabulous that black people will embrace her, and white people will embrace her,” Daniels said of Demorest’s character.

“If I embraced it, it then it became real. And if it became real, then I would be an angry black man,” he said.

So — a ‘fabulous’ white girl will help us heal race relations in this country? Good to know.


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