Does Cookie Lyon From 'Empire' Perpetuate Stereotypes?
Cookie Lyon is one of TV's most outspoken characters. Some critics say the "sassy black woman" on "Empire" is pushing the envelope.By Cody LaGrow | September 30, 2015
Cookie Lyon — strong woman or perpetuated stereotype?
Empire — a show that crushed the competition with 22.5 million viewers with its second season premiere — finds itself in a critic conundrum. Some say the show negatively portrays black women. Even Taraji P. Henson recognized what makes her character so polarizing.
"Cookie beats her son with a broom. She calls one son the f-bomb. And what? They're letting us say this?" asked Taraji P. Henson at an Empire season premiere event.