SLANDERING TRUMPSTERS WAS
LOGICAL TO JUSSIE SMOLLETT
The endless media cycle has already spun ’round several times since Jussie Smollett’s claim of being attacked by two Trump supporters was exposed as another pathetic victimization fantasy. This less-than-A-list actor is already fading into Jussie-Who? status.
He enjoyed a moment of fame when his IMDb ranking (a measure of recognizability with which Hollywood folk are obsessed) peaked at Number 10. But his character was written out of the last three current-season episodes of the series, “Empire,” on which he’s been featured. Will he recover? Maybe. But at the moment, his long-term employability is uncertain.
So if boosting his career was the motive for claiming persecution based on his intersectional characteristics of race and sexuality — as has been speculated — it probably wasn’t the shrewdest move.
Not that Tinsel Town is exactly shunning him. If anything, the Beautiful People have turned themselves inside-out to find justification for his slanderous fairy tale.
A lengthy article analyzing how the pressures of a show business career brought Smollett to an emotional breaking point has appeared in The Hollywood Reporter.
And actress Ellen Page, a self-described “queer but cisgendered woman,” has taken to the pages of that same publication with an essay arguing that, even if Smollett’s stunt was a hoax, the “rising tide of hate violence” faced by the “LGBTQ+ community” is real and therefore vindicates the statement made by his effort…
“I benefit from the protections and safety that my income and status afford me,” she writes. “But I do not and have not escaped the threats of violence and the very real acts of violence and harassment that threaten and endanger our community and other underrepresented people.”
One needn’t deny the reality of what sexually conflicted individuals may suffer in life by pointing out that fake claims are not evidence.
Perhaps it’s an effect of working in the famous Hollywood “Dream Factory” that makes showbiz folk somehow believe that a story about persecution is true if it seems true or if they want it to be true.
Outside of Tinsel Town that’s called false witness. And there’s a Commandment against it.
The captivating touch which Smollett wrote into the script of his little drama was that the supposed assailants were Trump supporters. That’s the kind of detail that would have predictable appeal in Hollywood — and not only there. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) jumped on the point immediately…
“…we have to understand this is happening for a reason,” she told the African-American-focused entertainment website, The Grio. “Why all of a sudden do we have people unable to study while black, unable to mow a lawn while black, unable to have a picnic while black, and being attacked?
“It’s coming from the president of the United States. He’s dog whistling every day. He’s separating and dividing, and he’s basically emboldening those folks who feel this way.”
…a theme which was echoed by Leftist figures and news outlets around the country…
Trump the separator!
Trump the divider!
It didn’t matter that Smollett’s whole premise was so unlikely. As blogger Robert Stacey McCain pointed out…
“Even if you could believe that two right-wingers would be stalking a not-very-famous actor in downtown Chicago, waiting for a chance to attack him on his way back from a wee-hours trip to a sandwich shop, why would they be doing this in -4°F weather?”
But then, why not believe it? Trumpsters aren’t very smart, after all, and they have nothing more productive with which to fill their time than roaming dark Chicago streets in the dead of winter.
Knowing as we now do that these Trump supporters were two film extras from Nigeria, hired by Smollett, raises another point framed succinctly by McCain…
“…it would appear Smollett himself had no qualms about bearing false witness against others — namely the 62.9 million Americans who voted for President Trump. Liberals [including liberals in the media, it should be said] are always willing to believe the very worst about Republican voters, and the apparent hate-crime hoax in Chicago looks like an effort to manufacture evidence to encourage that belief.”
And there is the bottom line on this whole sordid episode. Maxine Waters was right. It’s all about separation and division (though she’s wrong about who’s doing the separating and dividing).
This was the very essence of Smollett’s masquerade — as it has been in a whole batch of hate hoaxes perpetrated since Donald Trump came to office. Mary Chastain of the blog Legal Insurrection posted a revealing (and lengthy) series of tweets by Chicago journalist Andy Ngo recalling more than two dozen of them.
This separation-and-division aspect is what made Smollett’s absurd claim go viral. It’s what garnered him the initial support he enjoyed from his Hollywood buds.
It’s at the heart of pretty much every criticism of Trump and those who support him.
You can even point to its presence in the NFL kneeling spectacle. Colin Kaepernick and his cohorts claimed that their protest was specifically intended to focus attention on police brutality against the African-American community, that it wasn’t intended to divide blacks and whites.
But their gesture demeaned the two primary icons of our nation: the flag and the anthem. Is there any way it could not be construed as divisive?
“You hear about how divided the country has become. But I suspect that doesn’t tell the story accurately. We’re not so much divided as under attack.
“Americans have always argued about politics. Nothing new there. The constitutional system set up by our Founders two centuries ago has proven amazingly capable of smoothing out the differences and bringing things back to equilibrium.
“No. The problem isn’t that we disagree. Rather, the problem is that there’s a small (though highly influential) group of truly wicked actors who’ve been able to exploit and deepen those disagreements by making us all suspicious of one another.
I was talking about political actors, not Hollywood actors, Jussie Smollett’s profession notwithstanding.
“Thus, balking at some ideological notion currently in vogue, or questioning an established (if dubious) policy doesn’t just prompt someone to argue that you’re wrong. It brings a charge that you’re ‘hard-hearted,’ ‘cruel,’ even ‘racist,’ because — well, gee — you must hate ‘the poor,’ or hate ‘minorities,’ or hate ‘immigrant refugees,’ or hate ‘women,’ or whoever.
“Or maybe it’s just because you’re — God forbid — ‘white.’ You know how narrow-minded and self-absorbed those folks are.
“It doesn’t really matter what people’s views might be on any particular issue. The aim of this super-divisiveness is to quash the entire discussion. To dodge hard questions by forbidding them to be asked.”
Jussie Smollett’s pitiable charade was completely in line with this ongoing campaign. I can’t say whether he intended to strike some sort of political note. But the fact that he would see blaming Trump supporters as perfectly logical tells you everything you need to know about the mind of the Left.
Some clever meme artist captures the irony in Jussie Smollett’s oppression fantasy…
…while another makes a very barbed point…
…and another wryly recalls the corporate encouragement Colin Kaepernick received for his kneeling protest…
Here’s a link to the article by Robert Stacy McCain, proprietor of the blog, “The Other McCain,” exploring the reasons behind Jussie Smollett’s “false witness”…
“Smollett has repeatedly declared his hatred of President Trump, and what better way to damage the president than to frame Republicans for a fake hate crime?”
Check it out at The American Spectator…
A lot of so-called “celebrities” who initially gave their enthusiastic support to Smollett’s charges, would up with egg on their celebrated faces when the truth came out. Log onto Facebook to watch this before-and-after video…
While Smollett’s false charges were getting all the attention, a real assault on a conservative activist at UC Berkeley went largely unnoticed. Here’s rare coverage from Fox News…
In a hate hoax perpetrated close to me, the home of a so-called “transgender man” was burned down in Jackson, Michigan — by the so-called “transgender man” out to make some point. Here’s coverage from the Detroit News…