Everybody is watching Empire, FOX’s riveting saga about a family-based Hip Hop record label.Even if you’re yet to pledge bona-fide fandom, you’ve at least caught a couple of episodes. I did the same thing with Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, and Being Mary Jane.
However, Empire, I rather enjoy.
I’m sure plenty of people have tuned in due to all the negative press it’s received, but like they say in show business, “all publicity is good publicity.” I doubt Lee Daniels is being affected by any of the wayward criticism because the critics had to watch to critique. That’s more ratings. And as we all know, men lie, women lie, but numbers don’t. Empire is running television right now.
Empire has been called out as “ghetto fabulous,” caught flack for its violence and homosexual undertones, and looked down upon for its portrayal of African-Americans. Seriously? I can think of a ton of shows that depict the African-American experience in a much more disturbing light, but that’s neither here nor there.
For those who won’t give Empire a test drive due to all the naysay, I say, “Open your mind,” and allow me to illustrate alternative points of view to observe the show from. It doesn’t have to be an urban, Hip Hop drama if that’s not what you want to watch.