Public Enemy #1 - Feb. 2019
Oh, how the tables have turned. At the start of the month Empire actor, Jussie Smollett had a mountain of support behind him. Others in the entertainment sphere voicing their support for the Smollett in his time of need...allegedly. What was originally the story of hate and rising above the racial evils of a plagued America is still a story of hate, but instead of rising above it, it's now being commissioned.
Smollett for absolutely no reason whatsoever has derailed his own career. On one hand, he is causing outrage and backlash for trivializing real issues. He is being charged for filing a false report and could face substantial prison time. On the other hand, he is receiving the meme treatment, spawning think pieces, pseudo-psychoanalysis, etc. One of the most bizarre stories to occur thus far in the year and most people just want to know why?
Although he maintains his innocence the stacked evidence points in the opposite direction. the "MAGA" letter "threatening" him. The two brothers whom he allegedly paid to stage the attack. The misinformation about his injuries. Why go through all of this trouble, when you could've just stayed silent?
Out of this whole situation however, Jussie Smollett isn't the only party that has to suffer. Through his actions, he simultaneously brought down himself, all those who supported him, and all those that look like him. In a country where real men are fighting for their lives. Black men. Gay Black men. In a situation where their voices are already being ignored, and dismissed. Where their lives are swiftly being disposed of, he has fueled the fire which casts doubt on their claims.
See what Twitter had to say about Smollett below:
If by some chance Smollett's fable turns out to be non-fiction we will follow up on the developing story.
UPDATE - March 27, 2019 -
On Tuesday, prosecutors made the decision to drop all 16 charges against Jussie Smollett.
As a result of the withdrawal from the prosecution, the charges of disorderly conduct will be wiped from Jussie's record. However, Smollett will have to forfeit the posted $10,000 bond.
The Cooks County Sheriff's Office had the following to say:
"After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett’s volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago, we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case."
While Smollett and his team praised the decision, Chicago Police superintendent and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke to condemn the arrangement.
"I've heard that they wanted their day in court with TV cameras so America could know the truth," said Police Superintendent Johnson, "and now they chose to hide behind secrecy and broker a deal, to circumvent the judicial system."
This story continues to baffle as one of the most bizarre occurrences of the year. From all the national attention and scrutiny this case received Smollett walks away because of his status as a member of the community? Despite the "mountain of proof" garnered against Smollett, the administrators just decide to call it quits? Something in this picture is missing. Now that the case has been sealed the true picture may never be shown the light of day.