Taraji P. Henson has finally become a TikTok icon

An old Empire clip has TikTok obsessed with Taraji P. Henson in the “put me first” trend. 

The musical drama series aired on Fox from 2015 to 2020. Henson starred as Cookie Lyon, the formerly incarcerated ex-wife of record label executive Lucious Lyon determined to get payback for his betrayals. TikTok is using a scene where Cookie confronts Lucious to explain why they can be a little selfish sometimes. The results are hilarious.

Why is Taraji P. Henson viral on TikTok? 

“I got to put me first. I got to put me first. I got to put me first, Lucious,” Cookie said in the clip. 

TikToker @citiboiisrt added the caption, “When your job asks why you’re calling out.” 

The soundbite from Empire has since been used in over 46,000 TikTok videos. 


I’m jk Son I eat U eat fa life 💪🏽💯#mom #son #funny #gotem #family #comedy #fyp #explore #laugh #viral @montezwilson GANGNHERE‼️💕🗣WHAT’S POPPIN‼️💕🗣

♬ I gotta put ME first – Citiboii SRT

“Me still ordering food after I told the kids there’s food at the house,” @k.lala104 said jokingly refusing to share her takeout with her son. 

“When you post a pic with your friends that they hated but YOU looked good,” @graceson.todd wrote in the caption

“Giving up on your diet three days in,” @eatforcheap said, eating cajun salmon alfredo. 


i actually have never hit an animal besides the millions of bugs on my windshield😌 #fyp #lgbt #driver

♬ I gotta put ME first – Citiboii SRT

“When insurance tells you it’s financially better to hit a deer than it is to swerve and hit a tree,” @jor.jord said pretending to choose the tree over the deer

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