In a bid to advance his career, Jussie Smollett has all but guaranteed himself a name too tarnished to ever be taken seriously. The Empire star was accused of staging a homophobic and racist attack on none other than… himself. And shockingly, prosecutors in a Chicago courtroom have dropped all charges against the disgraced star — despite still firmly believing he concocted the assault in its entirety.
His record has, legally, been wiped clean yet what remains is a big, fat fraud-shaped smear.
— CNN (@CNN) March 26, 2019
Smollett’s name will be permanently tinged by his attempt to exploit the extremely real, horrendous discrimination minority groups in the States (and much of the world) exprerience. Ironically, Smollett warned us about these kinds of frauds months ago.
Frauds are everywhere y’all. Protect the mind, heart and spirit of you and your people at all costs. Just remember… Salt, cocaine and anthrax can all appear to be sugar…(the “refined” kind of course) just be careful out here fam. Happy Sunday. Love you. Real talk. Love on.
— Jussie Smollett (@JussieSmollett) January 27, 2019
This kind of twisted irony harks back to the enduring words of Alanis Morrisset who so beautifully reminded us that life has a funny way of sneaking up on us. For Smollett, this Tweet is a horribly ironic preach to morality he so obviously lacks. I can only imagine what this cryptic reference to cocaine and anthrax really means…
Following the hearing yesterday, huge backlash echoed across the globe. Many believe that whilst this is explicitly a demise of Smollett’s own career, it’s come at a hefty cost to the reputation of Chicago. As Mayor of the City, Rahm Emanuel rightly pointed out, it’s a ‘whitewash of justice’.
“It’s Mr. Smollett who committed this hoax. He’s still saying he’s innocent, still running down the Chicago Police Department. How dare he? How dare he? It is wrong. Full stop.”
There were 16 felony counts stacked up against Smollett in relation to his staging of the attack. He allegedly paid two bodybuilders nearly 5 grand to do the deed, which very rapidly became the cause of his social demise. In a report to local police, Smollett claimed he was attacked by two masked men on his way home from a Chicago Subway on 29 January 2019. The story was fabricated down to the details, with the star claiming the masked pair made derogatory comments like, “This is MAGA country” — a reference to Trump’s infamous catch-phrase, Make America Great Again.
A huge motivating factor in the prosecutors’ decision to drop the charges was Smollett’s history of community service and the fact he decided to forfeit his $10k bond to the City of Chicago. Note that this community service amounted to 18 hours — hardly a determining factor, right?
This case is as baffling as Jessie’s past tweets are ironic. Thankfully, a ruined reputation in the public eye tends to be scrutinised a whole lot more than some unfairly dismissed court cases.
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