Ratings for the wildly popular Fox TV show Empire have reached new highs every single episode, until now.
Following its airing of a joke about ex-gay gospel singer Donnie McClurkin’s sexuality, three million viewers—Poof!—vanished.
And Donnie McClurkin fans laughed.
No one can say for certain why the over-the-top program’s ratings dipped from 16 million viewers for the Sept. 23 season premiere, to 13.7 million viewers last Wednesday.
Nevertheless, that hasn’t stopped some Christian fans of three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning McClurkin and non-fans of “Empire,” from relishing the moment—for now, at least.
Those viewers said, “Bye, Felicia.”
Lee Daniels, the openly gay writer and creator of the mega hit, has been criticized for salacious gay scenes and crude humor.
Perhaps the public is getting sick and tired of his antics.
The offensive scene surrounding McClurkin that started the whole hullabaloo featured a flamboyant gay man who goes by “Miss Lawrence.”
His real name is Lawrence Washington, best known for a recurring role on Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”
When delivering his lines, Washington said he was going to a gay awards show and added, “Donnie McClurkin will be there,” suggesting that the “We Fall Down” singer still engages in homosexual behavior.
That joke, according to some conservative viewers, was a no-no and crossed the line.
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SOURCE: EEW Magazine