Not long after Jussie Smollett was indicted by a grand jury Friday on 16 felony counts, for allegedly “staging” his own hate crime, the actor's attorney came to his swift defense.
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CHICAGO – News that a grand jury had indicted “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett for allegedly lying to Chicago police about being attacked by two masked men may not have made much of a splash except for one thing: The lone felony count that Smollett had …
A grand jury in Chicago indicted “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett on 16 felony counts related to making a false report that he was attacked by two men who shouted racial and homophobic slurs.
You can tell a lot about a society and the culture by the people whom it venerates as heroes. Not so long ago in the United States military valor and not so long ago in the United States military valor and other feats of physical and patriotic derring do were the ne plus ultra of what determined who became venerated.
Thats why the crime of stolen valor is there in the first place, by men (and sometimes women) who arent veterans who want to bask in the glory and respect afforded actual heroes. Were American warriors not heroes, there would be no valor to steal.But now were witnessing something altogether different. You could call it stolen victimhood.The pathetic and outrageous case of Jussie Smollett is the latest example of this baleful trend.Not long ago, Mr.Smollett was a modestly successful television actor in a modestly successful television show called Empire. Outside of the shows hardcore fan base, he was hardly a household name.
Mr. Smollett shot to fame (you might call it stolen fame) in late January not because of anything he accomplished but because of something that was done to him.Or so he said.The tale bears telling one more time for what it says about the credulity of those we are now electing to high office.
He said he was set upon by two men in the middle of a frigid night in Chicago while innocently walking home from a sandwich shop. Two hooligans, said to have been of the white persuasion, recognized him, beat him up, poured bleach on him, put a noose around his neck, and shouted this is MAGA country! and slurs against his homosexual inclination, though how they could tell he was a gay caballero was not explained.
The assailants, though hooligans, nevertheless showed a certain bravery (if not foolish judgment) by wandering around a rough neighborhood in the middle of the night in Republican regalia with a noose in hand, looking for stray gays.Chicago, including the upscale neighborhoods, gave Donald Trump less than 20 percent of their vote in 2016, making it hardly a neighborhood to be campaigning for Donald Trump.
Mr. Smolletts tale was riven with more holes than a wheel of Swiss cheese, but the ever credulous Kamala Harris and other prominent Democrats could not wait to join the action.The senator from California, auditioning for president of the United States, called the fictitious attack a modern day lynching. She erased her message when it became clear that she had been taken in by a tall tale, demonstrating, we suppose, that even a speaker of the House can suffer shame.
Mr. Smollett was strangely unco-operative with the Chicago police.Still clutching the sandwich that survived the attack, he refused to hand over the cellphone he had used during his beating, and took refuge in stolen victimhood. It became a thing of like, Oh, Its not necessarily that you dont believe that this is the truth, he said several days later, You dont even want to see the truth.
If I had said it was a Muslim, or a Mexican, or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me a lot much more. A lot more.And that says a lot about the place that we are in our country. Indeed.
Empire became Law and Order. It emerged that Mr.Smollett actually paid two Nigerian men he knew from the set of his television program to stage the attack. He had sent himself the threatening letter in advance of the attack.
He has been charged with a felony for filing a false police report. He is said to have done it because he wasnt being paid what he thought he was worth.
Perhaps he thought he was staging a scene from his TV show on behalf of underpaid Americans everywhere.Hate hoaxes have occurred lately elsewhere, from waiters forging racist notes to leave on restaurant tables to the infamous rape hoax at the University of Virginia.Playing the victim only works in an ailing society that holds up victimhood as the gold standard of fraudulent behavior.Click here for reprint permission.The Washington Times Comment PolicyThe Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider.
A lawyer for Jussie Smollett is asking a judge in Chicago to allow the Empire actor to travel while he is free on bond on charges he falsely reported
Anne Kavanagh is a spokeswoman for Smollett’s attorneys, who have said he’s innocent.She says one of his attorneys is expected to appear before a judge Monday (Feb. 25) to make the request.Smollett was charged last week with disorderly conduct. Chicago police say Smollett, who is black and gay, staged the attack then told police his attackers yelled racial and anti-gay slurs and referenced President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan.He was released last week after posting $10,000 cash. He also was ordered to surrender his passport. Kavanagh says Smollett’s lawyers are mounting a “vigorous defense.” Smollett reportedly returned to the Empire set last week, but after initially voicing their strong support for the actor and saying his future on the show was secure, producers announced last week that Smollett’s character would be written out of the final two episodes of the upcoming season, which kicks off on March 13; spokespeople for the show would not comment on whether any changes would be made to the already shot episodes featuring Smollett.
Jussie Smollett has been granted permission to leave Illinois to travel to California to meet with his legal team ahead of his next court appearance.
"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett can travel out-of-state to meet his lawyers while he's free on bond on charges he falsely reported being attacked by two …
CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago judge says “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett can travel out-of-state to meet his lawyers while he's free on bond on charges …
Charles Blow, LZ Granderson, and John McWhorter join John Avlon to discuss the charges against Jussie Smollett on the basis that he allegedly filed …
CHICAGO — Ever since he was a child actor growing up in a show-business family, Jussie Smollett's life blended activism with the make-believe …