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By: Evette Champion
In Terrence Howard’s interview with Rolling Stone, he made some pretty startling comments that has the media buzzing.
The most notable statement the star of ‘Empire’ made was that “the more successful men are now the effeminate.” When taken out of context, you might be scrolling through some of the more popular actors and trying to see if they are effeminate or not. However, when you take into consideration what Howard believes a real man should be, it is a little more understandable…?
In the interview, Howard recounts the time when his father took him to see Santa Clause at a department store. The pair was standing in line when his father stabbed a man with a nail file. The actor was only 2 years old at the time, but he was able to remember the details like it happened early that very day.
“I was standing next to my father, watching,” he shared. “Then stuff happened so quickly— blood was on the coats, on our jackets— and then my dad’s on a table and then my dad is gone to prison.”
His father was convicted of manslaughter and served 11 months in prison. Howard said that when his father returned, he was a tougher man then before he went in.
Howard also said that his father was the epitome of what a “real” man should be. He goes on to share how his father taught him to be the man is today. Perhaps to his detriment, as he is known to have beaten his wife.
Reflecting on the teachings of his father, Howard stated: “My daddy taught me, ‘Never take the vertebrae out of your back or the back out of your throat. I ain’t raisin’ sheep. I raised men. Stay a man.’ But being a man comes with a curse because it’s not a society made for men to flourish anymore.”
We aren’t entirely sure what his idea of a real man is, considering his role model for one stabbed someone with his son present and raised a woman beater…? What do you think?