The Jussie Smollett saga is finally coming to an end – or so it seems. After a three-year drama, a judge slapped the former Empire actor with 150 days in jail along with a series of fines for staging a homophobic and racist hate crime. He blamed the attack on Trump supporters wearing MAGA hats, and shortly after the news broke, the details of Smollett’s story were so sketchy even Stevie Wonder could see that something wasn’t right with this picture.
After the judge handed down the sentence, Smollett made sure everyone knew he was going to take his own life. “I am innocent, and I am not suicidal,” he declared. “If anything happens to me when I go in there, I did not do it to myself and you must all know that.”
Is the actor thinking of pulling a fake Epstein and looking to go out in a blaze of glory? Or perhaps he has dirt on the Clintons he plans to release during his incarceration. Of course, it is also possible the washed-up hoaxer just wants to get attention, which is why he concocted the hate crime stunt in the first place.
But what if America is looking at this situation wrong? What if Smollett is being wrongly punished? He seems to think this is the case, according to TMZ:
“Sources with direct knowledge and in constant touch with the ‘Empire’ actor tell TMZ … Jussie fully expected to get jail time. He told his defense team before sentencing he felt he would be treated more harshly than other defendants convicted of a non-violent crime … all because of the color of his skin. He thinks it’s more evidence of systemic racism in the judicial system.”
Others seem to agree with Smollett’s brilliant assessment and expressed their outrage at what they argue is unfair punishment. His sister, Jurnee, took to Instagram with a post featuring a black square with the hashtag #FreeJussie. “Black Americans are incarcerated in state prisons at nearly five times the rate of white Americans,” she wrote.
“Jussie is innocent,” she continued. “And…you don’t have to believe in his innocence to believe he should be free. #FreeJussie #StopLockingUpOurPeople.” However, Jurnee forgot to provide data detailing the sentences white Americans typically face when they pull of elaborate hate crime hoaxes. How peculiar.
Smollett’s brother, Jocqui, took issue with the fact that Jussie was being held in a psych ward. “So Jussie is currently in a psych ward at the Cook County Jail. What’s very concerning is that there was a note attached to his paperwork today saying that he’s at risk of self-harm,” he wrote on an Instagram post.
Jocqui insisted his brother is not at risk of doing anything bad to himself. “I want to make it clear that he is in no way, shape, or form at risk of self harm. He wants to let folks know that he is very stable, he is very strong, he is very healthy and ready to take on the challenge that… has been put up against him,” he wrote.
Of course, one might expect Smollett’s family to come to his defense. But even folks who are not related to the actor have expressed righteous indignation at his incarceration. Actress Indya Moore also took to Instagram, which seems to be the social media hub of the #FreeJussie movement, to express solidarity with the beleaguered hoaxer. “I recognize that You are so strong, beyond measure and external foresight. you are so brave,” she wrote, also insisting that the actor “should not be in Jail.”
Kendrick Sampson, another actor, shared Moore’s post and wrote:
“Breonna Taylor’s murderer, and an endless list of other cops, can’t be held accountable…but Jussie is locked in a CAGE for allegedly lying to police? How many Karens have lied to the police UNDER OATH a la Emmett Till with no accountability?”
Taraji P. Henson, who starred alongside Smollett on “Empire,” posted a message saying, “I am not here to debate you on his innocence, but we can agree that the punishment does not fit the crime.” It appears that some on the left, unwilling to acknowledge Smollett’s guilt, have gone from “he didn’t do it,” to “okay, he did it, but y’all are still racist.”
And perhaps we are. Perhaps people are so deeply ingrained in their racism they can’t see that the actor was trying to do a public service. They don’t seem to grasp the complexities of the message he was trying to send when he paid two Nigerian brothers to don red MAGA hats and rough him up a bit. Sure, this was a fake hate crime, but what about all the real hate crimes that plague black Americans daily? Never mind that this level of deception only makes it harder for them. As fellow fake news peddler Michael Wolff said, “if it rings true, it is true.”
In fact, that’s probably the issue right there. Smollett, a noted political scholar, was simply influenced by Wolff’s words, so it’s really the author’s fault. Shouldn’t he be punished as well? Where is the Cancel Culture Community when you need them?
In the end, Smollett likely won’t serve his full sentence. The fines he has to pay are but a pittance to him. Other than his career being ruined, Smollett will make out pretty nicely after having pulled the nation through a massive hate crime hoax. But you know what they say: Being woke means never having to say you’re sorry.
~ Read more from Jeff Charles.