There will be no cameras in the courtroom when Jussie Smollett’s race hoax trial gets underway in Chicago after nearly three years of delays. This is odd because the Empire actor traded on his character’s “earnest artist” act on the show to buy sympathy for his hoax in 2019. Many people who should know better fell for it.
Since so much time has passed, and because there may be dust bunnies where memories of Joosie Smoolyay (as comedian Dave Chappelle dubbed him) used to be, let us go over the particulars of his crime against polite society.
As the once-great Empire show was doing a slow fade over at Fox and producers were haggling with him over money, Joosie perpetrated his first apparent hoax in a sick bid for attention during the second year of the Trump presidency.
Smollett says someone — with the return address of MAGA — sent him an envelope with white powder, along with a “stick figure hanging from a tree, with cutout letters saying, “Smollett Jussie you will die black [expletive].”
When that hoax didn’t get him enough attention, a week later, Smollett staged his own fake assault.
Smollett claimed that two men wearing red MAGA hats, at least one of whom was white, jumped him while he was out strolling to Subway in subzero temperatures to get a sandwich at 2 a.m. in downtown Chicago. The men, he told police, screamed that “this is MAGA country,” poured bleach on him, and hurled racist and anti-gay slurs. Finally, they wrapped a “noose” around his neck.
The actor got back to his luxe home and called the police, where he showed them his partially eaten sandwich and the rope around his neck.
— TMZ (@TMZ) June 24, 2019
Practically no one believed his story. Well, no one except Hollywood, the Obamas, and Kamala Harris. And Kim Foxx. Foxx, the George Soros-backed Chicago district attorney, pretended to treat the attack seriously and recused herself after denouncing the racist attack. Then she surprised everyone when she un-recused herself and dropped all 16 charges in the indictment.
Kamala Harris — you know, the former Senator and current VP — called the hoax nothing less than an “attempted modern day lynching” and demanded that the rest of us, who had nothing to do with his race hoax, “must confront this hate.”
.@JussieSmollett is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know. I’m praying for his quick recovery.
This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 29, 2019
Comedian Dave Chappelle later joked, “African Americans, we were like, oddly quiet. We were so quiet about the sh*t that the gay community started accusing the African American community of being homophobic for not supporting him. But what they didn’t understand, is that we were supporting him with our silence. Because we understood that [he] was clearly lying.”
Meanwhile, back at the FBI, its crack team of investigators who began looking at the first hoax eventually closed the investigation. A postal service investigation, also on the case, later concluded that he probably sent the letter to himself.
On Monday, after almost three years of legal and COVID delays, jury selection began. Smollett faces six charges of felony disorderly conduct. The charges carry a three-year prison term, but few think he’ll be sentenced to prison. That would be racist.
Smollett’s attorneys claim the actor was wrongly prejudged by the public. Ever the victim, let us remember that the man who claimed on his Twitter account that, “I am simply here to help save the world. Nothing is more important than love,” staged a false hate crime to impugn President Trump, white people in general, and MAGA world and reflect glory on himself all at the same time. He should star in his own one-act play.
Smollett is also being sued in federal court for the millions spent on investigating his hoax reports.