One of the most amazing, brilliant and loving people on the planet. That is the way I choose to describe Jussie Smollett. I credit Jussie Smollett with singlehandedly making broad advances in the acceptance of gay men in the African American community in his role as Jamal Lyon — a gay musician who struggles to gain his father’s approval — in the drama series Empire.
Jussie came out as gay in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres in March 2015. On Ellen, Jussie said this:
“Well what’s happening in my life, it’s been great. You know I get some ignorant tweets every once in a while you know, and I know you’re not supposed to respond, but sometimes you got to clap back! You know what I’m saying. By all means my mother, who’s in the back right now, she’s absolutely an activist. And I’m a firm believer that people cannot get away with murder although I love “How to get away with murder.” But you cannot allow people to just spew hate and be ok. I have a tattoo that’s the first line in “Man in the Mirror” that says, “I’m going to make a change.” And I just feel that, as tenants of this earth, it’s our job to make a difference and make the world better and we can’t just sit around and let people spew nasty things and just think that’s OK. It’s not OK.”
That obviously caused some folks to feel like he skirted the question, so Ellen caught up with him in the green room before he left and asked him to discuss his personal life and whether he is gay. It’s an awkward exchange in which Smollett never says, “I’m gay,” but he does admit to never having been in any closet. Again he says his “mother knows” and she loves him. This is meant to be his “coming out,” and the two say that it’s now out in the open and people “don’t need to ask anymore.” But something tells us, this is going to just be the beginning of the questions.
Jussie Smollett is also an accomplished singer having signed a recording contract with Columbia Records in 2015. Here’s he and Yazz performing “You’re So Beautiful” with Yazz and the cast of Empire:
Today, coming out of his apartment in Chicago, Jussie Smollett was brutally attacked by a group of men wearing MAGA hats. Thus far, some media has described it as a homophobic attack, some as a racist attack, and others both.
“Empire” star Jussie Smollett was brutally attacked by 2 men who beat him up, put his head in a noose and screamed, “This is MAGA country.”
Sources directly connected to Jussie tell TMZ, the actor arrived in Chicago from New York late Monday, and at around 2 AM he was hungry and went to a Subway. We’re told when he walked out, someone yelled, “Aren’t you that f***ot ‘Empire’ n*****?”
The 2 men — both white and wearing ski masks — viciously attacked Jussie as he fought back, but they beat him badly and fractured a rib. They put a rope around his neck, poured bleach on him and as they left they yelled, “This is MAGA country.”
Jussie was taken to Northwestern Memorial where he was treated. He was discharged later Tuesday morning.
ThatGrapeJuice.Net first posted this letter which was sent to Fox Studios in Chicago with cut out letters spelling, “You will die black f**.” Our sources say the letter was sent 8 days ago.:
Chicago Police are investigating this as a possible Hate Crime. It is indeed. A racist and homophobic attack. And premeditated at that. Who walks the streets of Chicago in MAGA hats and carrying bleach and a noose by happenstance?