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Taraji P. Henson Defends Empire Against Homophobic Backlash Following Her Golden Globes Win!

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She should win an award for her positive outlook on life, too!

Taraji P. Henson won one of the toughest categories at Sunday's Golden Globes, and she seems to be saying all the right things to make sure this wasn't a one time deal.

In addition to an emotional acceptance speech, the Empire actress went on to defend her show's use of gay characters — like her on camera son Jussie Smollett.

Related: Transgender Actress Quits RHOA For Empire Spin-off!

While the FOX musical drama had some haters in Season Two who said a decline in ratings could be because of all the "gay stuff", Taraji spoke to PEOPLE after the awards show to shoot down the homophobes, saying:

"We ignore that. That's nonsense and that's fear, so we understand where that's coming from, so there's nothing to comment on that. The numbers speak for themselves. People are dealing with this, it's not a joke, that's why it's in the script. It's not for show, it's not for sensationalism. It's because people are struggling with this. And that's why we shed light on it. You can't make everybody happy, we don't try to. We just try to touch and affect lives and I think we have. We're always going to have haters, so here's to all my haters! I'll send you cookies, thanks."

She's serious about the cookies, by the way — Lady GaGa was just one of the lucky people who got one from Taraji as she walked to the stage. LOLz!

And while Taraji may have lost the Emmy to Viola Davis and the Television Critics Association Award to Jon Hamm this awards season, she seems pretty stoked about getting the Globe, saying:

"It's amazing! I always ask God to please let me cross cultures and color. I never wanted to be known as an African-American actress or an American actress, so when you say Hollywood Foreign Press, to me that means my talent, my gift, my craft has reached beyond the borders of where I was born, and that means more to me than any trophy, but I love the trophy. But that's what it represents."

What a perfect answer!

We can't wait to see where else ex-con Cookie takes her for years to come.

Congrats again, Taraji!

[Image via Derrick Salters/WENN.]

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