Apparently TV shows fall under the same category as the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Iman Shumpert is speaking out against “Empire” with accusations that characters Hakeem Lyon and his girlfriend Tiana were inspired by Shumpert and his main squeeze, singer Teyana Taylor.
According to Shumpert, he and Taylor were “blindsided” by the similarities between them and the “Empire” characters.
“They’re using my girl’s character, her style, her look and she’s not getting anything for it. And come on, man, they’re really using a guy with a flat-top like me. That’s ridiculous. They never called us,” the athlete told Northeast Ohio Media Group.
As noted by JetMag.com, “Empire” is heavily influenced by music industry while incorporating music and entertainment.
Truth is, a good case can be made for Shumpert and Taylor. After all, many viewers can draw similarities from the characters on “Empire” to many famous entertainers and power players in the industry and the business moves they make.
Although it noted that Taylor and Tiana are singers, JetMag was more skeptical about Shumpert’s claim as it mentioned that Bryshere Gray, the actor who plays Hakeem, “was rocking that style prior to Empire.”
So with all this, does Shumpert really have a legitimate claim against “Empire” or is it just a case of “Really?”
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