My roommate has put me onto yet another show and this time its Empire.
But I must admit, I’m a bit skeptical.
Although the Terrance Howard and Taraji P. Henson chemistry is undeniable and the musical element to the show (Timbaland productions) is really urban and refreshing as compared to other musical themed TV, like Glee, something feels off.
I won’t give away the entire plot but the show basically centers around a music mogul who starts a business thanks to the help of his drug-dealing baby momma/wife who ends up in jail during his rise to success and the maturation of their two sons who are both performers. One son is a rapper and a veritable “thug” while the other is a singer-songwriter/producer/singer who happens to be gay, much to his homophobic black father’s disdain.
The show seems pretty entertaining, but when the second episode showed the star character throwing his gay son in the dumpster for being a gay child dressing up as a female and framed the “thug” son as anti Barrack Obama while making video clips about Obama being inauthentically black and a “sellout” I began to really feel the presence of Fox all over the show.
This stench, might I add, didn’t even have anything to do with the portrayal of the female characters. 1. A former drug-dealer/recently freed prisoner, 2. What appears to be a serious goldigger/opportunist, 3. A disrespected but faultlessly loyal receptionist “Mammy” type character and 4. The most dim-witted character television has ever seen (and not in a funny way, just in a sad way).
Since I think its unfair for me to pass an ultimate judgement on a show based on two episodes, I’m going to continue watching the reminder of the season but what do you think? Do you feel as if the show is somehow a little bit off? Are the representations problematic? Is Fox pushing a secret agenda by making a show that outwardly appeals to black people but ideologically appeals to its true demographic? Or am I reading too much into things as per usual? Let me know in the comments – I’d love to hear your opinions.