If you’ve been living under a rock, Star is Lee Daniels‘ newest addition to Fox’s line-up. Following a trio of young women trying to make it in the Atlanta music scene, the show has garnered both praise and criticism for its portrayal of the music industry.
Queen Latifah stars in the hit program, acting as a kind of mentor and mother-figure to the girls. During a recent Television Critics Association panel, Latifah dished on why she thinks girl groups today struggle to make it big.
“I’m not an expert on girl groups,” she began. “Unfortunately, a lot of people who have a lot of money, and who make things happen, are followers and not really leaders. And so they often want, if someone else has it, they want the next ‘that’ and the next ‘that,’ when there are a lot of original groups that could be different and successful and sustainable.”
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She added, “Because you’re so busy chasing Destiny’s Child, which you’re never going to get, you get the lower versions of that and it seems a little cornier, cheaper. So it all kinds of blows up at some point and nobody wants it and nobody’s paying attention to it.”
But Latifah still thinks there’s a chance for girl groups to flourish today and hopes that Star is able to ignite new interest in creating successful female formations.
So, take it from the Queen, don’t try to be TLC or Destiny’s Child––just do you. Star airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.