It’s undeniable that Lee Daniels’ skills as a writer and producer have made him a notable success story in Hollywood, but one of the things that has made him a superstar amongst the public is his fearlessness while speaking his mind, whether right or wrong, for the world to see. And recently Daniels did just that as he opened up about racism in Hollywood and criticized the idea that Black people are treated equally.
It all started yesterday on Daniels’ Instagram page where he posted a video of himself sitting on his couch with sunglasses on, as he vented about racism in Hollywood.
“Hollywood has tendency to think that African-American directors and writers are lucky to just be working and that we should just take any scrap that’s given to us and make gold from it. No, we’re artists, just like the white artists. I’ll probably get a lot of flack from this … ” Daniels said. “Change is a coming I hope!”
This isn’t the first time that Daniels has spoken on how tough it is in the industry to get jobs for Black writers and actors, as well as how difficult it is for him to try and watch white writers write about the Black experience.
“I don’t know what gives me more pleasure: watching my story unfold or going in and watching a room full of black people talking for me and writing words for black people,” Daniels said. “I hate white people writing for black people; it’s so offensive. So we go out and look specifically for African-American voices. Yes, it’s all about reverse racism!”
Something tells us this won’t be the last time that Daniels speaks out about Hollywood’s racism and diversity issue. What do you think of Daniels’ thoughts? Let us know in the comments.