Jussie Smollett. I know that name now, but until recently I’d never heard of him. And I’d never watched nor wanted to watch “Empire.” (Still don’t.)
But in the last week it’s become impossible not to know the man’s name and the idiotic stunt he pulled to gain attention and, he hoped, a higher salary.
Well, he doesn’t have to worry about that salary anymore because it’s gone now (he was cut from the show today). Along with any future as an actor. Flipping burgers, maybe. Or delivering pizza. But not the recognition and income that serious actors earn.
I was suspicious from the beginning because he reported to the hospital with a noose still around his neck. What black man wouldn’t rip that hideous thing off the moment his hands were free? Nuts. Just nuts. One source reported he even had a sandwich in his hand when he got to the hospital. I suppose when you make only $65,000-$100,000 per episode, every bite of food is precious.
But what a huge disservice he’s done to the LGBTQ and black communities. What a huge disservice to any future victim of a real hate crime.
Shame on you, Jussie Smollett. Shame, shame, shame.