It took the nation only three weeks to figure out that Jussie Smollett’s story was a complete lie. With a complete disregard for morals, ethics, and the lack of both a good conscience and any self-awareness, Smollett is a sociopathic narcissist who would willingly put two innocent men in jail for the sake of furthering his C-list career, and deserves any prison time he faces.
“Frauds are everywhere y’all,” Smollett unironically tweeted out two days before his orchestrated attack.
Smollett spun an elaborate web of lies to fool everyone into thinking he was a victim of a racial and homophobic crime under President Trump’s administration.
It all started on January 19th, when he received a threatening letter in the mail. The letter had a white powder that was assumed to be anthrax, but was later revealed by the FBI to simply be crushed up tylenol, and that he sent it to himself.
Smollett, unhappy with how little attention his letter got and seeking more sympathy from the American public, decided to go a step further and orchestrate an attack riddled with as many holes as swiss cheese.
There are three main problems with Smollett’s story that should have made it obvious from the start that it was a hoax. The first, and probably the biggest issue, was the liquid poured over him. The two attackers poured bleach all over Smollett. Bleach has a freezing point of -15.3 celsius or 5 fahrenheit and the temperature in Chicago at 2 am was near -22.78 celsius or -9 fahrenheit – lower than the freezing point of bleach.
The second issue is Smollett saying he fought off the two attackers, yet he walked away from the attack still holding onto his sandwich from Subway. A source in the Chicago PD told Fox News that Smollett was seen on surveillance walking back to his building with the sandwich in hand. Not only that, according to NBC Chicago, he was also reportedly on the phone with his manager during the attack. How exactly did Smollett fight off two attackers with both hands occupied?
The final issue with Smollett’s story was the fact that Chicago is a very liberal city, and there is a very slim chance – if any at all – that anyone with MAGA hats would attack Smollett in that part of town. Not even his own neighbors believe in him, according to the Daily Mail.
Smollett’s story has a lot of other issues, such as why he went home with the rope still tied around his neck, how he escaped the beating with only a small bruise on his face, and why both he and his manager refused to hand detectives their phones for the investigation. The three issues listed above, however, are the most telling.
The way certain publications and media outlets, celebrities and politicians jumped on this bandwagon to toss more fire into the Trump administration is despicable. Many of the issues with Smollett’s story listed above is not new news. Much of that information has been available since the first week of the reporting. Yet, many people in the media didn’t do their research and simply used this as an excuse to talk about the Trump administration and further their own agendas.
Not only has Smollett destroyed his own career, he has potentially damaged the credibility of other black or gay celebrities. Smollett’s little game has only made it harder for the real victims to come out and tell their stories, out of fear of being called a fraud. If Smollett really cared about black and gay rights, he wouldn’t have done any of this.
Just recently Superintendent Eddie Johnson of Chicago PD finally revealed that Smollett did, in fact, fake this attack because he was unhappy with his salary in spite of Smollett reportedly making $100,000 every “Empire” episode he’s in.
Smollett is currently facing up to three well deserved years in prison, as well as a $100,000 bail, and his next court hearing is March 14.
It is unclear as to why Smollett ruined what could have been a potentially long and illustrious career over a PR stunt that could have been thought up by a Scooby Doo villain.
Smollett should stick with acting instead of directing, if he ever finds another gig.