Somewhere in-between the streams of “I told you so” and “I still believe him” are the grounds of broken egos, shattered politics and a setback for Democrats and the LGBTQ community and allies alike.
Jussie Smollet single-handedly killed his career while throwing dirt from his downfall on all those who supported him. Presidential candidate, Cory Booker even managed to use the incident to bring light to a proposed anti-lynching bill, a crime that hasn’t been committed in over fifty years.
But let’s be honest.
Did you really believe Jussie? I mean, really-really?
When I first heard the story, my reaction was confusion because the details sounded too much like an old episode of Empire. PLUS the overall atmosphere was a bit off. We were expected to believe that Jussie was hate attacked in Chicago, one of the most liberal cities in America, by MAGA hat wearers during a casual stroll to Subway (people still eat there?!) at 2 a.m. (aren’t they usually closed at this time?!) during one of the coldest winter’s night (It was about negative 250 million degrees). But I was still willing to give the story the benefit of the doubt on the strength of it getting closer to election season and some people do tend to go a bit bananas.
The millisecond it was confirmed that Jussie did not want to turn over his phone to authorities in order to assist the investigation, all bets were off. If there were private, questionable photos or videos that he didn’t want the police to see, he could have easily voiced that and made efforts to remove the content. But he didn’t. It took the mention of a warrant to get the phone, which was altered upon surrendering.
Almost immediately, Jussie took to the media trying to spin himself into a heroic “Gay Tupac” by claiming he fought back against the attackers and even went as far as tearing up during an interview because people didn’t believe him. (Seriously, the interview is difficult to watch because it’s soOoo melodramatic).
Jussie described the attackers as wearing MAGA hats, naturally people would assume the attackers to be white. But when Chicago PD arrested two NIGERIAN men, the first thing that came to mind was a meme of Beyoncé smirking while taking a sip from a mug.
Everything unraveled after that and even resulted in Jussie being removed from Empire and arrested for filing a false report which carries a stiff federal punishment of imprisonment and fines (which may be a problem since he only paid the Nigerian brothers $3500 for a federal crime. What?! If you wanted silence, you should have paid more. Ijs).
Despite the fact that Jussie is receiving his karma almost instantly, it doesn’t take away from the fact that he played on every minority’s vulnerability for empty recognition. He blindsided politicians, exploited Black Civil Rights, cheapened the social hardships of the LGBTQ community and played on the heart strings of Empire fans (because I know you guys remember the episodes after Jamal was shot!).
Jussie tried to benefit from being a victim by doing what he has professionally done almost his entire life.
He’s a professional liar, guys!
And now that his acting may not be paid for any longer, he’s just being the type of person who do things like this daily but haven’t obtained fame – a sociopath.