Jussie Smollett’s Diabolical Detriment to His Own Cause

Julia Booth, Reporter

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Last month, the news was overwhelmed with the story of Jussie Smollett, an actor on the TV
show Empire, that was attacked by two men near his apartment, where they slipped a noose
around his neck, yelled racial and homophobic slurs, and shouted, “this is MAGA country.” A
week before this, he reported receiving a threatening letter with the letters “MAGA” written in
red ink and covered in a white powder, later revealed as crushed pain reliever. Reports of this
attack drew outrage across social media with the support of celebrities and politicians alike.
Smollet even gave a concert performance several days after reporting in which he said, “I had
to be here tonight, y’all. I can’t let (them) win”.
Then on February 16th , the case took a turn, and Chicago police investigated
whether Smollet paid the two brothers to stage an attack. On February 20th , Jussie Smollet turned himself in for disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report about the attack, after
one of the suspects for the accident eventually confessed to the plot in his 47th hour of holding. He was arrested and
appeared in court in the afternoon to later pay a $10,000 bond and be released. The original
suspects stated that the actor directed the suspects on what to say and do, including using a
noose and making a reference to “Make America Great Again”.
The actors name has now been smeared over news broadcasts, with the whole nation in
outrage. Chicago Police superintendent Eddie Johnson told CNN that Smollet took, “advantage
of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career”. The company behind “Empire” released
a statement that they were “evaluating the situation and we are considering our options.”

(Edited by: Mauren Lee)

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