Chicago Police announced Thursday that the jig was up for “Empire” actor-turned-hate-crime-hoaxster Jussie Smollett. Only a few weeks after captivating the mainstream media, Democrat politicians, and Hollywood liberals with his tale of being beaten and nearly lynched by a group of nasty Trump supporters in downtown Chicago, Smollett will face charges of filing a false police report and felony disorderly conduct. Cook County prosecutors said that Smollett could be looking at anything from probation to up to three years in prison if convicted.
The saga turned out not only to be yet another embarrassing black mark on an activist media struggling to regain credibility with the American people, but probably heralds the end of Smollett’s career. While Fox executives have not yet announced that they are cutting Smollett off the hit TV musical, chances are that fans of “Empire” should probably get used to the idea of the show going on without him. If this were your typical actor-in-trouble story, we might not be so confidence, but Smollett humiliated all the wrong people with his fake story. The powers-that-be in Hollywood will not be quick to forgive.
Smollett’s attorneys released a statement reminding people that their client “enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked.”
Hmm, yes. In a court of law, he certainly does enjoy that presumption. But in the court of public opinion, the cards are pretty well laid out on the table. Smollett tried to make himself a national cause celebre – first through a fake racist letter to Empire producers and then, when that didn’t work, through this ridiculous attack. Both of which we are to understand were orchestrated with the help of two brothers named Ola and Abel Osundairo. We’re not sure what the hell Smollett was really thinking throughout all of this, but we know that up until last week, he was still firmly behind his own story.
“It feels like 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, and that says a lot about the place we are in our country right now,” Smollett said in a Good Morning America interview.
And that’s what really gets our goat about this whole thing. In saying that and in concocting this whole thing as a way to make Trump supporters look bad, Smollett overtook Nathan Phillips as our least favorite liar of the year. We might even be willing to forgive THAT if his was the trigger that forced the media and the online social justice mob to finally re-examine their own biases, but c’mon, if that hasn’t happened by now, it’s never going to happen. Thus, Smollett’s story is without redemption, and we won’t be sad if he does some prison time.
To take a page out of Jake Tapper’s book, maybe he’ll like it!