Does the Dance Moms team have another controversy on their hands here? That's what the show's fans are guessing, as many critics are none too happy with an Instagram photo Abby Lee Miller posted of her dancer Nia Sioux as Cookie from the hit television drama, Empire.
Although Miller doesn't specify why the 14-year-old dancer is portrayed as the hard-talking, no-nonsense character from the hit show, it hasn't stopped her followers from heavily criticizing the move. The controversial dance instructor captioned the pic with, "Holly and Nia. Final Touches for Cookie from Empire! @dancemomholly @niasioux #ALDC #ALDCLA #DanceMoms."
A photo posted by Abby Lee Miller (@therealabbylee) on Oct 17, 2015 at 3:30pm PDT
Many of Miller's social media followers commented almost immediately with, "This kids are too young to watch Empire though. The girls (dancing) and children watching the show shouldn't be encouraged to watch it, tbh," while another wrote, "Seriously?! Nia plays cookie!? Lol another stereotype.
Portrayed by Taraji P. Henson, Cookie is one of the main characters within the series and the ex-wife of former drug dealer turned hip-hop mogul, Lucious Lyon ( played by Terrence Howard) who gets released from prison and strikes out to lay claim to half of Lucious' multi-million dollar record label, which was initially funded by her drug money.
Another critic wrote, "She's 14, and, no, that's not old enough for everything that happens in that show."
So far, Miller herself hasn't responded to the criticism.