Well, at this point one of two things is true about former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett: He is either mentally disturbed to the point where he desperately needs psychotherapy…or he’s one of the most dedicated liars in recent memory. We have a feeling it’s the latter, but we’re not entirely ruling out the former. There comes a point for even the most determined liar that they have to admit that no one’s buying what they’re selling. If Smollett hasn’t reached that point yet in his thoroughly-unraveled tale of a racist attack in downtown Chicago, there’s at least a little bit of mental illness going on between his ears.
Why is Smollett even daring to step back into the public arena? Well, naturally, his name came up a bit this week when it was revealed that a black sixth-grader at Immanuel Christian School in Virginia lied about being attacked by three white students. The child, Amari Allen, claimed that the boys held her down and cut off her dreadlocks in what the media was quick to label a “racist attack.” Alas, as so often happens with these stories, it was revealed this week that Allen made the whole thing up.
This inspired journalist Derrick Jackson to snark on Instagram: “Jussie really is a trendsetter.”
Instead of wisely keeping his mouth shut, Smollett decided he couldn’t let this slight slide.
“With all due respect brother, y’all can clown me all you want but my story has actually never changed and I haven’t lied about a thing,” the actor lied. “Y’all can continue to be misinformed, internalized sheep, who believe what actual proven liars feed you or you can read the actual docs. Either way, Imma be alright. I know me and what happened. You don’t. So carry on. All Love.”
While Smollett’s claim that he never “lied about a thing” is patently absurd, he can get away with this nonsense because of the corruption/incompetency of the Cook County District Attorney’s Office. This is a man who was indicted on 16 counts by a grand jury, only to see the prosecution fold like an accordion for what remains an unknown reason. Speculation persists that State’s Attorney Kim Foxx was politically pressured into dropping the charges. We may never know, given that the records were permanently sealed, but the fact that both the Chicago Police Department and the brothers who were allegedly in on the plot with Smollett are suing the actor, we can guess that, no, Smollett’s story was never true.
But since he has that legal fig leaf hiding his actions, he can keep running his mouth on social media, claiming to be innocent. But then, you know, so can O.J. Simpson and Casey Anthony.
Whether anyone actually believes them is another story.