Well, if you’ve turned on the TV, or gone on the internet in the last 24 hours, then you of course have heard the name, Jussie Smollett.
Jussie (who’s real name is Justin…Jussie is a stage name) …
Jussie – an actor on the show: Empire, has been arrested and put on $100,000 bond today for allegedly filing a false police report.
That’s right – the horrific hate crime that he claimed to be victim of — he allegedly orchestrated the entire thing on himself.
Allegedly…he dreamed it up. Got the supplies. Hired actors to “jump” him. Filed the police report. Publicized it. Drummed up all this – (well-meaning, and well-deserved) sympathy and outrage. Went on Good Morning America and other news programs to fuel the fire.
And NONE OF IT WAS TRUE. Allegedly.
I mean this is disgusting. More accurately, it makes my blood boil.
And it’s multifaceted…so stay with me.
First of all: the fact that Smollett would allegedly use such an emotionally charged, violent, and truly heinous act of hatred and ignorance — one that sadly, many people have actually had to deal with, either personally, or to a loved one — what a frickin’ slap in the face. How insensitive. How just unfeeling to use such a despicable demonstration of bigotry to try and garner attention for your career.
Because that’s exactly what he was allegedly doing.
In addition to trying to create controversy and propel his name, He is currently promoting his music album.
Yes, you read that correctly. He’s currently promoting/touring his album.
It just reeks of desperation.
But here’s the other aspect of all of this that really gets me going.
He clearly was trying to villainize Trump supporters in this entire convoluted – alleged – charade.
The story that he allegedly painted – with his assaulters wearing MAGA hats – was a direct attack on the tens of millions of Trump supporters, who are good people.
Allegedly, he was trying to stir the pot to propel the narrative that all Republicans are homophobic, racist monsters that throw battery acid on people and tie nooses around their necks.
And time out – that specific imagery is such a horrendous symbol of the hatred, violence, and bigotry that plagued our country during the civil war. To use that most hurtful token as his narrative — inexcusable.
The sad truth is that hate crimes, are in fact, on the rise in this country, and sadly, there are people who have had despicable acts like that impact their lives. That is awful.
But to then craft a narrative that pins that base and awful behavior on a Trump supporter?
But I’ll hand it to him, he got exactly what he was allegedly looking for: Celebrities coming out in droves, not only to show their support and sympathy, but to also take this as an opportune time to drag Trump and his supporters through the mud.
When is this going to come to an end? Honestly?
It seems like just a few weeks ago, we were facing this same exact theme in the Covington Catholic scandal. And Charlottesville before that. And more recently the suffragette demonstration at the SOTU address.
It is a deeply held, and completely unfounded stereotype that is tearing this country apart at the seams.
And sure, there are of course, a handful of individuals on the right who are those things. But there are also just as many on the left who fall into those terrible camps as well. But to generalize an entire group of people based on a stereotype is wrong.
And the last thing we need, are cowards like Jussie allegedly staging indefensible propaganda setups like this, that not only disrespect true victims and loved ones of actual hate crimes, but also deepen the division, twist the knife even further, and try to promote hostility.
I think there is only one thing left to say, and I’ll leave it to good ol’ Jussie Smollett himself:
Couldn’t have said it better myself.
Now is the time when we need brave individuals to set aside political differences, and come together to fight the real villain here: hatred and violence. We need heroes to step forward on both sides of the aisle, and join together to work towards peace, cooperation, and justice for every single person.
God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason. Harmony starts with listening. It’s time we give that a try.
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