Donnie McClurkin may or may not have been one of the 16.2 million viewers that tuned into "Empire" Wednesday night, but he most definitely heard about the shade thrown his way.
To recap: The season two opener featured a cameo from "Fashion Queens" star Miss Lawrence, as he discussed plans with Jamal (played by Jussie Smollett) and Becky (played by Gabourey Sidibe) about an awards show for the LGBTQ community. It was said that McClurkin would be in attendance, an obvious shot to the gospel star's past struggles with homosexuality.
It was a jab that didn't go unnoticed by the singer. McClurkin took to Twitter to address the comments, stating:
"It was brought to my attention via social media that my name was included in a 'back-handed' manner during a scene in the FOX show, Empire. What might have been meant for evil, God uses for good! Despite the scripting used by @leedanielsent it has helped bring attention to the gospel of Jesus Christ that I sing and preach, an empowering moment! To my brothers and sisters, thank you for your support, encouragement & love! No negativity towards @leedanielsent let's show the love of Jesus. Let this experience be a reminder that as loving Christians we're called to share the good news of Christ and be examples of God's love on the earth."
The tweets have since been deleted.
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