connectVideoCelebrity Jussi Smollett supporters struggle with support from the middle of hoax messages
If “Empire” star Jussi Smollet turned out that he was admitted to the hospital as a result of what he claimed to be a vicious racist and homophobic attack by two men in the end of January, tributes from celebrities poured in. But as the details of the alleged Chicago incident unfolded and the police declared Smollett a “suspicious” in his own criminal investigation, the star suddenly fell silent.
After Smollett was arrested Thursday morning for “filing a false report,” all eyes were on his former celebrity supporters, who in the first instance, demanded justice, and used the actor on the photo to spread their message.
While the majority remained mum on the issue, a handful of started to come back and even remove their Smollett-related messages — as the current story does not seem to support their earlier anti-Trump and anti-police messages.
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“Celebrities, news commentators, and even presidential candidates weighed in on something that was choreographed by an actor.”
Superintendent of the Chicago Police Eddie Johnson
The Chicago Police superintendent Eddie Johnson hit celebrities and other famous people for the making of Smollett, the “fake” attack, national news, while other Chicago families are struggling with gun violence every day in one of the nation’s most crime-ridden cities.
“Celebrities, news commentators, and even presidential candidates weighed in on something that was choreographed by an actor,” Johnson argued, according to Deadline, although he later he would continue to pray for the “troubled young man.”
If developments in the case continue, here is a look at celebrity reactions.
Actor and comedian Tyler Perry has continued to keep to his friend Smollett, to whom he says that he has “personally spoken” since the alleged attack.
“He is firmly convinced that he’s telling the truth. Also, everyone I know who knows him says that he is not the kind of person who would be such a horrible and terrible thing,” Perry explained in a Thursday Facebook post, although he acknowledges that the “evidence seems to state otherwise.”
“I am lost for words. To stoke fears and raise the racial tension is wrong in every situation on ALL SIDES! But my prayers are still with him and his family and our Nation. CAN WE PLEASE STOP WITH THE HATE!” Perry added.
The actor tweeted a profanity-laced tweet in response to President Trump’s tweet calling Smollett. Trump tweeted, “what about MAGA and the tens of millions of people you offended with your racist and dangerous remarks?”
Oswalt then replied: “Way to go Jussi. You just this racist dips–t ‘Get Out of Race-Baiting Free’ card that he is going to wave around like a dirty diaper, until he is re-elected.”
Bravo’s Andy Cohen said that his head was “exploding” after learning of Smollett was Thursday arrested.
“I need to get off Twitter. This story is pathetic. Everything,” he added.
On Jan. 29, Cohen shared TMZ, a tweet that stated “𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: ‘Empire’ Star Jussi Smollett Beaten in Homophobic Attack By MAGA Supporters.” In response, Cohen replied: “This. Is. Contemptible.”
He later added, “THIS IS F-ED UP TO THE CORE. CATCH THESE EVIL HOMOPHOBES AND LOCK THEM UP FOREVER.”
O ‘ Shea Jackson Jr.
“Straight Outta Compton” actor O ‘ Shea Jackson Jr. has said: Smollett is innocent until the contrary is proved in his eyes.
“I stand by what I always say. I felt for him when the attack occurred and the current reports have me the feeling that I was played. Straight up,” he wrote early Thursday after news that the authorities approved felony criminal charges against the “Empire” star.
When Smollett was officially designated as a suspect, Jackson Jr. seemed shocked, tweeting, “Nooooo waaaaaaaaay!!!!!!!”
Fox News’ Brian Flood and The Associated Press contributed to this report.