Admittedly, I’ve never paid much attention to Taraji P. Henson, likely because the projects she’s worked on have never really appealed. Then I started watching Empire because I needed a new show to put on while I’m doing cardio, and I got addicted, because Cookie Lyon is LIFE and Taraji is the highlight of the show. She’s fierce, she’s fearless and basically she’s just a complete queen. Now, let’s celebrate her new cover shoot for W Magazine, because it’s a good one.
Oh, and they’re going behind a cut as one of them is bordering on NSFW…
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.
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I know this whole ad thing is supposed to be centered on how batshit crazy PETA is and not wearing fur and being pale and all vegan and ethical and pro-animal, but all I can see is Taraji P. Henson ass because it’s beautiful and flawless and PETA … what?
Whatever. Is this one of the greatest asses of all time? And does this make you want to support PETA a little more?