Taraji P. Henson, the Golden Globe award winning actress, is as flamboyant as they come. Therefore, when she hears of individuals coming for Empire, the popular Fox series, for their decisions to to depict homosexual couples – specifically, Jussie Smollett who plays Jamal Lyon and his ex-boyfriend, Michael – on the small screen, Henson gives a spicy and fierce response.

Drop down bottom for Henson’s opinion on what others have to say about the girl-on-girl, or boy-on-boy activities of Empire.

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Taraji tells People magazine that numbers don’t lie, and that’s all that matters; everything else is an irrelevant factor.

“We ignore that. That’s nonsense and that’s fear, so we understand where that’s coming from, so there’s nothing to comment on that. The numbers speak for themselves,” she said of Empire’s ratings. “People are dealing with this, it’s not a joke, that’s why it’s in the script. It’s not for show, it’s not for sensationalism. It’s because people are struggling with this. And that’s why we shed light on it. You can’t make everybody happy, we don’t try to. We just try to touch and affect lives and I think we have. We’re always going to have haters, so here’s to all my haters! I’ll send you cookies, thanks.”

Three snaps in a circle, Cookie Lyon.

Check out Ms. Henson on the cover of Elle USA.