Because even if he isn’t a victim, he’s a victim. Or something. Jussie Smollett deserves punishment for hate crime hoax, but he also deserves compassion.
Jussie Smollett is not Lex Luthor; he’s more like an inept shoplifter caught trying to steal a canned ham. We should consider feeling sorry for him.
OK. I gave this the 1.6 seconds of consideration it deserves, and I will reserve my compassion for the numerous victims of REAL hate crimes. Like the guy who was beaten (it was on security camera video) on the night that Smollett said he beaten, but wasn’t really.
Smollett is an attention-whore, who was unhappy with his salary (which I’ve seen reported at 1.8 million dollars), and so he manufactured a hate crime to raise his level of public awareness. Well, I can honestly say that I had never heard of him before he pulled this stunt, so that much worked anyway. But he has been written out of the last 2 episodes of whatever show he’s on, and “it’s in doubt whether he’ll return to the show at all.” No kidding. I can honestly say that I hope he never works as an actor again, though I know that the people in Hollywood will forgive him eventually.
Something the Left doesn’t like to dwell on; actions have consequences. Welcome to The Real World™.
And one of those consequences is spelled out in the fable, The Boy Who Cried “Wolf.” Cynthia Tucker: False claims undermine real justice.
If “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett is guilty, as Chicago police have charged, of falsely claiming he was the victim of a hate crime, he has done a grave disservice to the many Americans — black and brown, Muslim and Jew, gay and transgender — who have been or will be the actual victims of such attacks.
So no. I won’t have compassion for the idiot, Jussie Smollett. 30 years ago, I spent too much time helping to scrape friends off the sidewalk and take them to the hospital after real hate crimes. You see, if there is a violent crime, and cops don’t show up, the paramedics can’t come either. (It’s a violent crime!) And back in the day, one of the worst things you could do, was call the cops to the scene of a gay-bashing. They were bound to make a bad situation worse. So USA Today, and their “Let’s have compassion for the idiot who staged his own hate crime, and did a piss-poor job of it,” can go FUCK themselves. And take the asshole with them on the way out the door.