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USA | Dec 12, 2021

Jussie Smollett’s fabricated tale is a sign of the times

Al Edwards

Al Edwards / Our Today

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Former ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett arrives at court for his arraignment on renewed felony charges in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. February 24, 2020. (Photo: REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski)

The court didn’t buy actor’s Jussie Smollett’s fabricated tale of a hate crime.

It has been dismissed as a concocted fable designed to stir-up race, homophobic and anti-Trump sentiments. Smollett sort to get America riled up by leaning on the zeitgeist to elicit sympathy.

A lot of people bought it including the President of the United States, Joe Biden, Vice-President Kamala Harris and left-leaning media talking heads like Joy Reid, Don Lemon, Rachel Maddow and CNN’s recently dismissed Chris Cuomo.

This was America’s dark heart on display and Jussie Smollett was the victim of what currently ails the country.

People like Tina Tchen fervently defended Smollett, stood by him all the way. Professor Michael Eric Dyson bludgeoned anyone who would listen about critical race theory. You couldn’t escape the howls of indignations.

Smollett’s self-manufactured drama shocked everyone and heightened racial tensions.  Hate crimes were real and the black man was still being hunted in the twenty-first century. It made Americans paranoid.

Smollett, who is black and gay, gamed modern America playing on its self-doubt and divisiveness. You could say he was true to what he does – spinning yarns and getting people to suspend disbelief.

Donald Trump, so often vilified got it right about Smollett saying: “This is really a hate crime. Sort of a hate crime in reverse. If he were a Republican, if he were on the other side, he would be in jail for 25 years for hate crimes for what he did and what he said.”

“He was the con man and he wanted to try and get sympathy so he could have his contract renewed for his ridiculous television series. So that didn’t work out too well. And then on top of it, he got caught. And you know it’s interesting. He wouldn’t have been caught except that he pressed it all the way. He pressed it too far.”

Not everyone is a racist, homophobic, one-dimensional zealot. That idea is being perpetrated to constrict America and divide people, so much so that many cannot speak freely in fear of being censored or cancelled.

This guy Smollett has damaged Black Lives Matter (BLM) and the liberal media elite irreparably and to think he was their poster boy!

It’s now a case of the boy who cried wolf.

Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Candace Owens and Laura Ingraham have a lot to chuckle about and rightfully so.

Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett leaves court during his trial for six counts of disorderly conduct on suspicion of making false reports to police, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. December 8, 2021. (Photo: REUTERS/Jim Vondruska)

Smollett’s tale was farcical. The moment it came out that he knew those Nigerian brothers, Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo and was engaged in some kind of sexual activity with one of them, his recount of events was likely to be a fiction.

Kamala Harris went on record as condemning what happened to Smollett, labelling it  “An attempted modern-day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or colour of their skin. We must confront this hate,” she wrote on Twitter.

What Smollett did – provided his claim cannot be corroborated – is disorderly conduct, malicious and profoundly evil and he should be condemned for it.

As Thomas Sowell calls them “the race hustlers” must now exhibit humility and fulsomely concede they got this wrong on Smollett and abandon him to his fate.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders, Al Sharpton et al must all look within themselves and call this what it is – disgustingly wrong and deeply unedifying.

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