Jussie Smollett doesn’t approve the idea of Jamal Lyon’s having a white boyfriend. During an appearence on The Clay Cane Show on SiriusXM’s Urban View, the small screen star said that his character almost dated a caucasian man, something he wasn’t pleased with – but not for racist reasons, of course.
Jussie didn’t approve of the potential romance. He said, “f*ck no,” at the thought, because the show presented an opportunity for two black men to be in a relationship together.
Smollett said, however, that it wasn’t anything personal against white men, in particular. According to the Empire alum, there’s nothing with a black man dating a white man, it’s just that he believes it would make the lives of so many young, black, and gay men easier if there were a representation of gay people on the small screen.
The actor explained that when he was growing up, it would’ve helped a lot to see someone who looked like him in a gay relationship. When he was a young man, there was no one really in the media and on the screen to look up to.
“I do think that is important to show,” the Empire star explained. You can hear his opinion in the SoundCloud link below:
As fans of Smollett know, he first came out as a gay man in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres in March of 2015. And one year later in 2016, during a chat with reporters from Out Magazine, Smollett said, “I would label myself as a gay man,” if he had to.
With that said, it’s more about his belief in “openness to love,” rather than an identification with some kind of sexual orientation. If he chose to love a woman, he would really be into that woman.
As a younger man, Jussie explained, he did, at times, have a romantic interest in the female sex. But on Empire, he’s doing his best to emphasize or illustrate the way in which sexual fluidity should be embraced. The actor suggested that not everyone falls perfectly in line with a sexual orientation; there are shades of grey.