Empire and Star creator Lee Daniels, who became one of the few black television creators to have two shows air back-to-back on network TV Wednesday, is not new to making history or headlines.
The critically acclaimed writer, producer, and director doesn't hold his tongue about social justice issues, and his appearance on BuzzFeed's Twitter morning show, AM to DM, on Thursday was no different.
During the interview, Daniels stood firm in his decision to #TakeAKnee on Sunday in solidarity with the many NFL players who having been doing the same during the national anthem to protest police brutality.
Many conservatives, including President Trump, have been chastising the protest and referring to the act as unpatriotic. Former congressman Joe Walsh even called legendary musician Stevie Wonder "another ungrateful black multi millionaire" when the latter took a knee over the weekend.
AM to DM host Saeed Jones asked Daniels if he's ever received any similar pushback about needing to be grateful for having "a seat at the table." Daniels quickly dismissed the notion.
The Oscar-nominated director went on to say that he's always been a believer in creating his own destiny versus waiting for someone to give him an opportunity.
You can watch AM to DM's full interview with Daniels here.