Jussie Smollett is an actor who appears in a TV show about rap music called Empire. He is a gay, black entertainer who plays a gay, black entertainer. I mention that, because that’s the centre of the story here.
A couple of weeks ago, Smollett said he went out on a record-breakingly cold night, to get a Subway sandwich at 2am. He said some white guys spotted him. They shouted "Empire" and "This is MAGA country" at him, called him the N-word, tried to beat him up, attacked him with bleach, and put a rope around his neck.
In Chicago, which was in the middle of a polar vortex at the time. People being warned not to go outside.
It's also a city that’s 83 per cent Democrat.
And this crime: It all happened in 30 seconds? And no-one saw this?
Soon though, TMZ, the celebrity website and TV show based in Hollywood, were giving hour-by-hour updates on this case.
Senator Kamala Harris, who is running for president, tweeted:
This was an attempted modern day lynching.
Senator Cory Booker tweeted the same thing. Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, that new Palestinian congresswoman, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: They all ran with what the Democrat journalists in the mainstream media had written.
Meanwhile, Chicago police scoured the neighbourhood. There was surveillance footage everywhere — including Subway of course. But nothing.
Then last night, news broke that police were talking to two men, buddies of Smollett:
Two brothers, Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo and Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo, have been identified as the men taken into custody by Chicago police for questioning as “potential persons of interest” in last month's purported hate crime attack of Empire TV start Jussie Smollett.
White supremacists come in all colours these days! Only in America...
It was a hoax. You knew that.
The family of actor Jussie Smollett has called the attack on the black and gay Empire cast member a 'hate crime,' and they pushed back against any suggestion that he was anything but honest with the police.
Why would the CBC write that? Smollett is a c-list celebrity; he has no connection to Canada; there’s crime in Chicago every day — it’s the murder capital of America.
Well, obviously, it’s the Trump reference: That’s why the CBC ran with it.
But it was a lie.
Just like the breathless report from Edmonton a few years ago about someone stuffing white supremacist flyers into mailboxes in Edmonton. The whole media-political complex was freaking out. But someone had a doorbell camera. And look at this — the “racist” was a black guy.
Same reason a Muslim girl in Toronto lied about a man cutting her hijab on the street, then somehow managed to get the prime minister and mayor and premier and everyone tweeting in unison within hours?
It’s all too bad. Because maybe one in ten times, a story like this is true. But the other nine times, it’s a scammer.
And like the boy who cried wolf, when we really need to care, or pay attention, no-one will believe it anymore...
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