In ‘Empire,’ Daniels aims to expose homophobia

January 22, 2015 3:00 AM

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In ‘Empire,’ Daniels aims to expose homophobia

PASADENA, Calif. — The creator of Fox’s prime-time soap ‘‘Empire’’ said he wants to ‘‘blow the lid off homophobia’’ in the African-American community with a depiction of the show’s lead character’s hostile relationship with his gay son.

Lee Daniels, who was also behind the movies ‘‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’’ and ‘‘Precious,’’ said that his own father’s hostility toward gays frightened him, and he knows the same attitudes are being passed on from one generation to another in households around the world.

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