Terrence Wants To Use The N-Word On Empire… | Chocolate Informed
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Has the N-word lost its original meaning to the point where anybody can let it roll off their tongue — black or white? Is it now just a noun that should be repeated on network TV without censorship? Terrence Howard thinks so.
The man who plays Lucious Lyon on Empire thinks its time for the hit show to take it up another level by throwing in a couple of n-words in season two’s script for more authenticity.
Terrence says the show did away with being politically correct when it featured his character dumping a six-year-old Jamal, dressed in drag, in the trash. He feels Empire should continue going down that non-PC path.
Sitting with Access Hollywood Live, Terrence made a case for the use of the word on the show by highlighting its prevalence in the black community and admitting that he not only calls his white friends the n-word it, but that they say it, too. After all, it’s only a noun says the Oscar nominated actor.
On Empire using the N-word
If we’re gonna really tackle racism, if we’re gonna tackle bigotry, if we’re gonna tackle homophobia, we need to tackle it dead on. You don’t just sit up and “Let’s give it a little aspirin right here.” No, we need to take the sutures, open up the problem and reach in and grab it. And since n-gga is used in almost every conversation in most black neighborhoods, why is that we don’t hear it on TV anymore? Are white people afraid of it? Did they create the word? If [n-gga] is something we use on a daily basis., then let’s address what it really means.
Martin Luther King said we should be judge by the content of our character and not by the color of our skin. But we’ve reverted back to judging by the color of our skin and making excuses because things have happened in our lives. So we need to address it straight up and down. As long as we keep calling each other n-gga along the way, we’re gonna treat each other like that.
His definition of the N-word:
It could mean ‘love.’ Sometimes it’s a noun, sometimes it’s a verb, sometimes it’s an adjective. There’s a spirit attached to it. My dad uses it, my brothers use it. I’m hoping that maybe I won’t use it with my son but I don’t know if I’ll be honest if I didn’t use it with my son. My friends use it. I call my white friends, ‘what’s up, my n-ggas?’ It has taken on this term to us, but it’s blown of proportion outside the world. So I don’t know.
[Not everybody can use it] but some of my white friends I’ve grown up with, that I talk to on a daily basis, when they use it, it doesn’t have any [malicious] intent associated with it. It’s just a noun now. It’s adjective. It’s an adverb. It describes a moment, it describes a feeling and no longer describes a state of a race or human being.When me and Lee Daniels talk to each other, we use it — on a daily basis. Our texts, this is what we use. Whether Lee gets mad about this or anybody else — I’m just being honest. The word is used. If one person can use it, then everybody should use it. But if white people use it, you gotta remember to take the -er off of it. And if somebody got a problem with how I feel about it, they can kiss my f-ckin black ass.
Despite Terrence’s admission that he and show creator and writer Lee Daniels be dropping the n-word on a daily basis, Lee is against adding it to the season two’s scripts. It’s a also a no from Taraji P. Henson, who plays Cookie. Despite the fact that Cookie looks like she drops the N-word in every sentence, Taraji told a local Fox news station:
These people came from the hood. Cookie did time in jail 17 years. You think she’s ever been called one or used it? I think the show is doing just fine without the word on network television, but know that, if this was a movie or on cable television, that word would be in the script.