Don’t let anyone tell you that the Jussie Smollett trial, which opened Monday, is hyperbolic, an overreach of the prosecution, shouldn’t happen or doesn’t matter.
It matters. A lot
The way the media treated Smollett’s claims.
No matter how bizarre his story was—and it was a whisper—the mainstream media and Hollywood’s Social Justice Warriors projected it as proof of America’s uncivilized racism and homosexuality.
Yet as we soon learn, Smollett, who is black and gay, has staged an attack to escalate his soon-to-be-canceled TV show, “Empire.”
Only Dave Chappelle skillfully illustrates Smollett’s story, contrasting the African-American community’s silence in the 2019 Netflix special “Sticks and Stones” with the immediate outrage of Hollywood:
“They didn’t understand that we were supporting them with our silence,” he said. , , , because we understood that [he] was clearly lying. None of these details were added at all. , , If You’re A Racist And Afraid Of Homosexuality You Don’t Even Know Who [he] Is! You don’t see ‘Empire’! ,
Chappelle joked about the prospect of someone going out to the subway for a sandwich in minus 16 degree weather at 2 p.m., only to be attacked by two men wearing MAGA caps in Chicago!
Smollett told police that he thought his attackers were white, MAGA a dead gift.
“Not only were they not white,” Chappell said, “they were very, very black. They were Nigerians, which is the funniest sh-. The whole story is fun now!”
was still here ABC’s Robin Roberts — two weeks after the Smollett story broke and two weeks before Chicago police publicly called it a hoax — Smollett lied and lied through a two-part GMA interview, which was a part of “Nightline.” The entire episode was made as well.
Roberts: “If the attackers never met” – that is, the two Nigerian brothers Smollett paid for the attack – “how would you be able to recover?”
Smollett: “Um, I don’t know.”
He started crying and sniffling, his biggest performance ever. “I understand how difficult it must be to find them.”
It was not that difficult. By the time this interview aired on February 13, 2019 – two weeks after the January 29 fake attack – police had taken the brothers into custody.
But Smollett had no idea that the police had suspected him from the start. He was also mired in a new kind of fame, that of a rising civil rights martyr and gay rights icon.
“I want a little gay boy who can see this,” Smollett told Roberts, “to see that I fought back.”
You can’t write self-compassionate-slash-elevating dialogue better than this.
Smollett also told Roberts that any doubts about his story were simply evidence of America’s love affair with white supremacy.
“At first it was kind of a thing, if I tell the truth . . . That you don’t believe it’s true, that you don’t even want to see the truth.
That is to say, Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx abruptly dropped all 16 felony charges against Smollett—after a call from Michelle Obama’s former chief of staff—even though Foxx wrote to her staff that Smollett was a felony. “There was a washed up celeb who lied to the police.”
Foxx told its employees that the allegations were very serious. Really? The investigation cost the Chicago Police Department $130,000 overtime—which Smollett refused to pay back? Or has manpower been diverted from other real crimes, damage to the credibility of other real victims, they might have a second thought about reporting such attacks? Or a little thing called caste relations?
There are very real results here.
Yet Jussie Smollett, like her outrageous predecessors Crystal Mangum and Tavana Broly, smiles as she tells the truth.
If she had self-awareness at all, she would have realized that things didn’t work out so well for Mangum or Broly. But like all narcissistic sociopaths—many of them on parade these days—he doesn’t.
As Smollett told Robin Roberts, “I still want to believe, justice has been called with everything that happened.”