Jussie Smollett Can’t Destroy Black History Month

Jessica Lipsky
Feb 21, 2019 - 5:00
Jussie Smollett Can't Destroy Black History Month

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Key Facts: Empire actor Jussie Smollett is at the center of a hate crime and publicity controversy after widespread reports that the 36-year-old may have fabricated the story of a hate crime committed against him. On February 18, CNN reported that Smollett, an openly gay Black man, may have staged the attack in Chicago, leading to widespread response from...

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6 Replies to “Jussie Smollett Can’t Destroy Black History Month”

  1. Is anybody still investigating as if this wasn’t staged? The Osundairo brothers may have planned it without him? Could this be fabricated to detract from a real crime, further victimizing Smollett? Or am I being naive?

    1. I feel the same way. I would like to know the evidence that the CPD obtained that was enough to file charges. Because it’s not far fetched that this could have been orchestrated by someone other than Jussie or the Nigerian brothers. ??‍♀️ I don’t see a smoking gun yet enough to say he lied. Ijs…

  2. I know the LGBT community really hates him right now, if this is true. It takes away from anyone who has experienced a hate crime and wasn’t believed or taken seriously.

  3. This whole story has broken my heart. I think Smollet is an incredibly talented actor and musician. I had a picture in my mind that he is a gentle, philanthropic, loving person. I can’t imagine why he would stage such an attack. I don’t have a lot of respect for the Chicago police, but if this was a hoax, I am horrified that a black gay man would give this kind of ammunition to the white nationalists that are running this country. This hurts us all. If he did stage this, Bro needs psychiatric help.

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