The windy, wild, roller coaster story of Jussie Smollett has been a very revealing tale of watching a man go from national hero to disgraced entertainer, only to have the biggest plot twist related to his release after being indicted on 16 counts by the Grand Jury. The sudden change of heart by the District Attorney seems odd considering investigators seems to have built a case that Smollett staged the hate crime incident in Chicago, paid two brothers of Nigerian descent $3,500 to beat him up and, in effect, did so to get a pay raise from the producers of his TV show Empire. In an era of fake news, this story has revealed a truth that America seems more sympathetic to the plights of minority groups and when the rubber hits the road, men like Rahm Emanuel and President Donald Trump can find common ground.
Due to the quick reversal of charges, Chicago is upset that all the investigating added up to nothing.
Deadline.com reported, “ ‘The city feels this is a reasonable and legally just amount to help offset the cost of the investigation,’ ” Bill McCaffrey, spokesman for the legal department, said.
A letter from the city’s legal department to Smollett asked for immediate payment of $130,106.15 for overtime hours in the investigation. Legal action was hinted if he did not pay the amount.”
“The City of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department take seriously those who make false statements to the police, thereby diverting resources from other investigations and undermining the criminal justice system,” the letter said. “Ultimately, the Chicago police investigation revealed that you knowingly filed a false police report and had in fact orchestrated your own attack.”
Chicago Mayor Emanuel has his men going after the actor who cost the city over $100,000. Emanuel went full gangster with his press conference comments. “Given that he doesn’t feel any sense of contrition and remorse, my recommendation is that when he writes the check, in the memo section, he can put the words, ‘I’m accountable for the hoax.’ ”
Making an unwanted ally, Trump tweeted: “FBI & DOJ to review the outrageous Jussie Smollett case in Chicago. It is an embarrassment to our Nation!”
Emanuel clearly didn’t want Trump on his team, saying Trump and Smollett were part of the same “vicious, toxic cycle and I want to break it.”
While comparing Trump’s vile speech to Smollett’s unethical behavior seems like a stretch to make a comparison, there is a link in that Trump’s “fake news” catchphrase could not be more easily applied here. Smollett’s behavior is exactly the story Trump keeps peddling; the one where there is a conspiracy against him. Considering Smollett hired his attackers to yell “This is MAGA country,” referring to Trump’s Make America Great Again campaign slogan, Trump has every right to call foul.
Meanwhile, Smollett’s lawyers released a statement stating, “It is the Mayor and the Police Chief who owe Jussie — owe him an apology — for dragging an innocent man’s character through the mud. Jussie has paid enough.”
Anyone with half a brain sees the real story of an entitled actor who wanted sympathy, but in the way in which he did it, we can deconstruct something hopeful out of this.
Think about this for a second. Smollett believed that if he was the victim of a hate crime, being both black and gay, that America would adopt him as their newest beloved actor. Would that be the case 10, 20, 30 years ago? After the outpouring of empathetic tweets and social medial comments, Smollett showed that America has made progress. We now can officially say we live in a country where if a gay black man is attacked, the culture would not tell him to “act different” or “be different.”
No. Instead, we saw the “attackers” as the monsters. While staged, this is also a good reminder that old school Democrats like Emanuel did not want to overlook Smollett’s wretched behavior. I could see the new wave of leftists blaming society for making Smollett act out, but instead, the he didn’t see sexual preference or skin color first and rationalized the actions. They saw the sin and didn’t excuse the sinner.
“Fake news” has been thrown out a lot, but it’s always good when the left and the right can finally agree on it.