You may have heard that actress Taraji P. Henson spoke out via Facebook about being excluded from the promo cover of her new show, Person Of Interest which airs on CBS. Henson expressed her frustration at being the female lead and not being included. Somehow that turned into claims from blogs and other media outlets that Henson was blaming "race" as a factor.
My question is, whatever happened to reading comprehension. Can or do people bother to read at all. Or is it that any time a black person expresses dissatisfaction, it's assumed it is because of race? Take a look for yourself at Henson's comments.
Taraji P. Henson WOW!!!! TV Guide is NOT including me on the cover with my cast memebers……..I am the female lead of a 3 member cast and I’m not included on the cover!!!!!! Do you see the sh*t I have to deal with in this business…..I cram to understand!!!!”
Taraji P. Henson I swear you guys keep my spirit lifted cause it ain't easy AT ALL for a sister in Hollywood. Your love is God sent!!!! Thank you ALL from the bottom of my heart. Wanted to tell you all this on live TV at the Emmys (if I'd won) but......oh well. Muah!!!!!
Not one comment mentioned race. Well, TV Guide Editor-In-Chief, Debra Bimbaum, responded:
“I made an editorial decision to do a story about the relationship between the two male characters on ‘Person of Interest’ and that’s who I was going to put on the cover. That has been my decision all along, ever since I saw the pilot. We’re certainly fans of Taraji Henson and her storyline on the show was never intended to be the focus of our cover story. I don’t know where there was a misunderstanding about this, but it’s been clear to everyone from the start. I don’t make decisions on who is put and not put on the cover based on race or gender."
Is it just me? Or did she say that she wanted to do a story on the male characters and then state that she doesn't decide who to include based on...gender? It's surely TV Guide's right to put whomever they choose on the cover, but this sounds like a contradiction to me. Reading is still fundamental.
By the way, we've seen the show and it looks like Taraji and CBS have a hit!