Without a doubt, Taraji P. Henson is an amazingly talented actress who has starred in some amazing movies and has even been nominated for an Oscar. All that being said, you’d think people would respect her more, but that’s not the case. According to Taraji, she’s treated like she’s on the D-List!
From Ebony (via Just Jared):
“I’m treated like I’m on the D-list,” Taraji said. “I’m still being considered with actresses who haven’t done half the stuff I’ve achieved.”
“When people tell me ‘no,’ I get hyped,” she added. “Because when I prove that I can and will, I love watching people eat crow.”
While she might think she is treated as though she is on the D-list, Taraji says she uses her status to get some special treatment to get her “fat ass into a restaurant. If someone tells me there’s a wait, I’ll walk right to the front of the line like, ‘I need a table now. I need to eat, and I want this. So let’s work this out.’”
I guess she was trying to have an LOL moment there, talking about using her fame to get into restaurants and shit, but this whole thing rubs me the wrong way. Yes, you’re accomplished and should be respected… but so should every human being. Being a movie star doesn’t (or rather, shouldn’t) give you immediate access to special treatment everywhere you go and in everything you do. Your reward is making millions of dollars a year and not having to slog your guts out in a 9 to 5 like most of the world. Having the red carpet rolled out for you on the daily is just not part of that.
I don’t have an issue with Taraji – and in fact I’m not all that familiar with much of the work she’s done – but either she’s been misrepresented in print, or she really is snotty and entitled, in which case, no thanks, girl.