Empire actor Jussie Smollett was arrested early this morning in connection to filing a false police report. He claimed to be the victim of a hate crime during the early morning hours of January 29 in Chicago.
This is MAGA country!
Smollett claimed he was assaulted by two white men wearing masks and shouting racist and homophobic slurs. One of the men even shouted, “This is MAGA country!” It was in reference to the red hats Donald Trump supporters like to wear.
Smollett was able to fight off the two attackers, but not before one of them placed a noose around his neck.
In reality, no one attacked Smollett. He staged the thing with the help of Ola and Abel Osundairo, two brothers he knew. Smollett paid the men to stage the fake hate crime.
Is staging a fake hate crime illegal?
Police are charging Smollett with disorderly conduct and filing a false police report. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a law against staging a fake hate crime. Maybe there should be.
I can only imagine the world of grief that would have been visited upon two random white men if police detained them for questioning and Smollett identified them as his attackers. They would have been immediately vilified in the press and on social media. The criminal justice system would then have its turn on them.
The jury would undoubtedly convict them and the judge would sentence them to long prison sentences. How could they not? It was a hate crime
I think if you are going to have laws covering hate crimes, there should also be laws covering false hate crimes.
Jussie Smollett is an awful person
I don’t know what Smollett’s goal in all this was, but I don’t really care. What he did was terrible for a whole host of reasons. After this stunt, people will be less inclined to believe real victims of hate crimes. They will automatically wonder if the victim is just pulling a Jussie Smollett. He must not care about victims of real hate crimes. Not if he would do something like this.