I don’t believe for a second that Jussie Smollett was attacked by two large black men from Nigeria in whiteface wearing MAGA hats who called him the n-word. This is because I’m not an idiot.
Things really went poorly for Smollett after everyone came to the same conclusion and he doubled down on his story. It ended with him getting fired from Empire and even though the original prosecutor didn’t pursue the charges against him he’s still facing civil and possibly criminal charges from the incident.
The worst part for Smollett, however, might be that Empire, the hit show he was on until he allegedly pulled this whole “fake hate crime” stunt, was spotted by TMZ filming right where it occurred. Or didn’t occur if you’re not an idiot.
That is just ice fuckin’ cold. This is like when your girlfriend dumps you and her new boyfriend sends you a video of her sucking his dick but at the end the camera pans up and they’re outside your house with an entire Hollywood production crew. There are gaffers and grips and script supervisors just walking around outside Jussie’s window. There are going to be crane shots that will blot out the sun while he’s trying to watch The Price is Right because what else is he going to do all day. It just seems unnecessary.
I’ve been saying for a while that Smollett and Lori Loughlin should get the same punishment, and that it should be a slap on the wrist because neither of them did anything particularly egregious. They both got fired from their popular shows to avoid controversy, so fair is fair. But Hallmark isn’t flying Lori to Vancouver and making her watch them film When Calls the Heart without her, because that is some serious Godfather shit and they’re nice at Hallmark, unlike the gangsters at Disney. Jussie is lucky he got fired before the merger and Mickey Mouse didn’t break his fucking legs.