Jussie Smollett Arrested for Falsifying Police Report
The actor has been accused of hiring two men to send him a threatening letter in the mail, and pretend to beat him while dressed as Trump-loving MAGA-country ‘peeps’
2/21/19, 6:58 pm EST
By John Corry, photo from USWeekly
This is now officially (while still sad (:( )) a Completely-Stupid-Story (trademark pending).
On January 29th, Empire actor Jussie Smollett filed a police report which was soon heavily covered by media outlets. The file alleged that Smollett was attacked by two white men wearing MAGA hats at 2am–in -45º (with wind chill) Chicago–on his way back from picking up a nice late snack from his local community-favorite Subway restaurant (a real staple in small business, working class economics). When police first questioned Smollett–about forty-five minutes after the alleged attack took place–he told them where he was attacked, that the attackers yelled racial and homophobic slurs at him (as well as: ‘MAGA country bruuuuuuhhhh’ (in Chicago)), that he was happy that it was caught on video as he knew exactly where the camera on that street was located, and that he was on the phone with his manager when the attack took place. All from the comfort of his own home– the noose he claimed his attackers threw on him still around his neck, the wrappers of his just-finished delicious Subway sandwich just around his feet.
‘That was tasty,’ he must have been thinking as the cops tried to piece the scene together as best they could. When police asked to see his phone to corroborate that part of the story, Smollett refused.
Flash forward three weeks, and the first two men questioned as suspects in the case have given police enough evidence to convince them that Smollett had hired them to stage the attack. In addition, they referenced a letter they sent to the sound stage of Smollett’s show (to reiterate: Empire) in which ‘they’ threatened Smollett’s life and called him a ‘black fag’ (you think they’re Rollins fans, or Morris? #Damaged).
He turned himself in earlier today on charges of falsifying a police report flied last night.
Maybe it was all just to raise some Oscar buzz:
Assuming emotional honesty on the part of Smollett, however, this isn’t actually much of a game changer. When the allegations that Smollett may have faked this first started coming out, the assumption for many (including myself) was that he (allegedly) did it to shed light on how tough it can be to be a young, gay, black dude in America. That didn’t justify his actions, but it did provide a deeper way of looking at the situation, and so to make some kind of sense out of why somebody would have done such a stupid and divisive thing. Again, this does not justify the staging of a hate crime, but people are crazy right now, and to honestly question why somebody might have committed it within the context of the current political climate at least isn’t off-base (the question-everything thing).
But it turns out that is not why Smollett did it. According to Chicago police chief Eddie Johnson, Smollett did it to give himself a career boost, as being the victim of any kind is all the rage right now (that link is meant strictly as a joke–I am not trying to call out certain race-relation arguments, conservative commentators, or mental illness debates–and the link does not represent my views on any specific subjects brought up in it). Johnson further added: '“Why would anyone, especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations? How could someone look at the hatred and suffering associated with that symbol and see an opportunity to manipulate that symbol to further his own public profile? How can an individual who’s been embraced by the city of Chicago turn around and slap everyone in this city in the face by making these false claims?”
Those are strong words, and they’re about as good as you’re going to get on this case, so I’m leaving it at that. I will add that Smollett’s case is certainly not the first of its kind, but it has happened this time in a very different era, and may in the future provide some information on psychosis (because I know what I’m talking about here like AOC on how she’s for the people).
Victim culture is all the rage right now, and Don Lemon knows it.
(Emotionally manipulative, existentially-and-subconsciously pretentious Don Lemon voice >)