Appearing Sunday at SXSW, out director
Lee Daniel described the election of President Donald Trump as
Daniels (Precious, Lee Daniel's The
Butler, Empire) told the crowd that he had found a silver lining
to the election of Trump.
“We're in difficult times,” Daniels
is quoted as saying by Deadline Hollywood. “This man is where he
is – he's a reflection of who we are. He is our karma. I'm trying
to explain this to my son. It's hard to be a dad and hard to be a
“I think some of the best art,
literature, writing will come out of this. [After the election] I
couldn't sleep, but I wrote some of the best work I have ever done.
I was in pain,” he added.
Daniels recalled moving to Los Angeles
at the height of the AIDS epidemic and ending up “on drugs.”
“It's a miracle I don't have HIV,”
said. “I can't figure it out.”