Taraji P. Henson Is Glad that Empire Is Pissing You off

But why?

Taraji P. Henson is synonymous with empire. Taraji P. Henson is an IRL princess and the true opposite of someone who angers people. So why is it she’s so “proud” that her hit show Empire pisses people off? Allow us to explain.

When accepting her honor tonight at VH1 Big In 15 With Entertainment Weekly, the empress expressed how necessary it was for Empire to come along and “shake up” the otherwise boring and “safe” shows we see on TV. “Look around. We need to use art to make people think,” she said. “Art is to ruffle your feathers.”

And if you’ve ever been taken back or offended by Empire, well, that’s just been their plan all along. “I’m proud of what we’re doing,” says the star. “I’m proud we’re pissing some people off. Good. That means we’re doing our job. As long as you’re having the conversation, I thank you.”

The more you get riled up over the controversial show, the more Lee Daniels, Taraji and their team are patting each other on the back.

Trailblazers.

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