Sometimes, to get a little respect, you have to demand it.
Actress Taraji P. Henson is sitting pretty on the cover of this week’s TV Guide alongside her ‘Person of Interest’ co-stars Michael Emerson and Jim Caviezel. But that cover did not come without some controversy.
Exactly a year ago, when the CBS drama series debuted, Taraji took to her twitter to blast the publication for leaving her out of a cover shoot with her castmates. She tweeted:
WOW!!!! TV Guide is NOT including me on the cover with my cast members…..I am the female lead of a 3 member cast and I’m not included on the cover!!!!!! Do you see the sh*t I have to deal with in this business…..I cram to understand!!!!”
Shortly afterward, the editor-in-chief spoke out about her decision to omit Taraji before deciding it wasn’t worth the headache and pulling the cover altogether.
I made an editorial decision to do a story about the relationship between the two male characters on ‘Person of Interest’ and that’s who I was going to put on the cover. That has been my decision all along, ever since I saw the pilot. We’re certainly fans of Taraji Henson and her storyline on the show was never intended to be the focus of our cover story. I don’t know where there was a misunderstanding about this, but it’s been clear to everyone from the start. I don’t make decisions on who is put and not put on the cover based on race or gender.