The Oscars are fast approaching again, but we already have a Best Actor winner.
Jussie Smollett’s clenched fist clenched fist in courtroom impression of Nelson Mandela was better than anything Idris Elba did in the film about South Africa’s great man.
Unfortunately for him, it didn’t come during a heroic Long Walk to Freedom, but a shameful Short Perp-Walk to Prison.
The lying, narcissistic, deluded, fame-hungry idiot had been easy sentenced to 150 days in prison after concocting a homophobic racial attack on himself.
And rather than finally put his hands up and admit his hideously damaging deception, Smollett decided to double down and defiantly raise a hand, Mandela-esque, to the sky while continuing to play the victim.
It was a suitably pathetic and embarrassing end to a deeply unedifying saga, best summed up by Smollett’s comical self as he belligerently pleaded his innocence to the vastly unimpressed judge.
“If I did that,” he yelled, “it means I’ve stuck my fist into the fears of Black Americans in this country and the fears of the LGBT community for over 400 years.”
Well, you disgusting little prat, that’s EXACTLY what you did!
In fact, it’s hard to imagine a more disgusting attack on civil and gay rights than Smollett’s big fat lie.
I can remember when the story of his “attack” first broke, thinking it seemed too outrageous to be true.
That’s why, unusually, I haven’t tweeted about it, despite so many other high-profile people including Joe “We’re with you Jussie” Biden and Kamala Harris rushing to voice their concerned thoughts at what the now-VP has called a ” modern lynching”.
Something all too comfortable for my perpetually suspicious news dog nose was that a Trump-loathing but not very famous black actor was attacked with a rope noose at 2 a.m. on a Chicago street by two racist, abusive white Trump fans in MAGA caps and a bottle of bleach.
My doubts were heightened when Smollett refused to give his phone to the investigating police, given the absurd Hollywood-style death threat letter he had sent to his place of work prior to the incident (it later turned out he had written it to himself and by his goofy crocodile-tear-laden performance to ABC’s Robin Roberts, in which he said with a straight face, “The problem with our country right now is that we’ve got these scared mongrels trying to break us up.”
I smelled a giant rat, and it quickly became apparent that giant rat was Jussie Smollett.
Yet even now that the full details of his nefarious swindle have been revealed to the world, there is a willful attempt to downplay the seriousness of what he has done, particularly by the very black community that he has done so much to nefariously protect him to respect.
Late Night presenter Trevor Noah, whose “Daily Show” regularly addresses the evils of racism, was keen to play Whataboutery.
“What Jussie Smollett did was stupid as hell,” he tweeted, “but it’s insane that he’ll be spending more time in prison than the family largely responsible for America’s opioid epidemic.”
What the Sackler dynasty, which owns Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin, has to do with it is unclear.
But can you imagine Mr. Noah using such a diversionary device if it had been, I don’t know, Donald Trump Jr. or Joe Rogan who had been caught fabricating a racist attack by two black men?
Samuel L. Jackson sent a letter of support to the court asking for clemency, saying, “Jussie has already endured a multitude of punishments as this situation has ruined his existing career and threatened his reputation. Please, Judge Linn, in God’s name, please rescue this young man and put him to his service.”
Hmmm, I’m all for a bit of loyalty to friends, but not only has Smollett firmly refused to admit his apparent guilt, he was quite happy that his two friends, whom he hired to take part in the fake attack, went to the were put in jail instead of him.
Black Lives Matter also supported him after the verdict, saying: “Mr. Smollett has long been committed to helping others. Mr. Smollett’s detention would be purely punitive. Mr. Smollett poses no threat to anyone.”
I figured the whole point of prison is that it’s supposed to be “punitive in nature,” and when it comes to Smollett’s threat status, anyone who could so carefully plan such a heinous, premeditated swindle is not one I’d care to call. secure.”
It fell to Smollett’s “Empire” screen mom Taraji P. Henson for the most ridiculous defense, in which she compared his situation to that of America’s most notorious victim of racial crimes, declaring on Instagram, “I’m not here to debate with you on his.” Innocence, but we agree the punishment doesn’t match the crime. Emmett Till was brutally beaten and murdered for lying and none of those involved in his death spent a day in jail.”
Emmett Till was a 14-year-old black boy who was kidnapped and lynched in 1955 by two white supremacists who were angry that he was talking to a white woman in a store. They beat and mutilated him before shooting him in the head and dumping his body in the Tallahatchie River. An all-white jury acquitted his killers.
What happened to Emmett Till is the embodiment of the worst kind of racism and racial injustice.
Invoking his name to support a black man who has dreamed up an attack by white supremacists to promote himself and his career is ruthless.
Shame on Taraji P. Henson and all those who want to spare Jussie Smollett the minimum punishment he deserves.
By doing what he did, he stepped on Emmett Till’s grave and did a massive disservice to all those who have suffered genuine racist abuse and bigotry.
Smollett justifies not our pity, but our disgust.
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