Media, Democratic politicians and folks in Hollywood have not been happy with the news that Jussie Smollett is accused of staging his “attack.”
Some, like Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) backed off their claims comparing the ‘attack’ to an attempted “modern day lynching” and said in the last couple of days that now they were waiting for the facts to come in.
Others like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) quietly took down their tweets which had been supportive of Smollett.
But there’s are some people who are defending Jussie Smollett in a big way including actress Sheryl Lee Ralph and Iyanla Vanzant.
Ralph said, “Is it a big, bad mistake? Absolutely. But a lot of people have made some awful, awful, big, bad mistakes. Some people have even killed people, they’re walking around free.”
She explained that she knew he was a “truly good person” because he had donated to keep her Aids benefit show afloat one year when they didn’t have money. She managed to get in a plug for her show while she was defending him and mispronouncing his last name.
She was then asked if she thought he could come back in Hollywood from this. “This is Hollywood, baby!” she crowed. “We love redemption! Come on! Drop to the bottom! Lift yourself up! We looove that!”
The stark difference in perception between the reality expressed by the Chicago Police Department Superintendent and the judge as to the serious nature of what Smollett did versus Ralph’s take is breathtaking.
But if you thought Ralph was bad, Vanzant was even worse.
She completely dismisses it, saying “He’s one of us.” “If he did this, he does what we do every day,” she said.
Um, no, most Americans don’t make up hate crimes every day, stage fake attacks, go on TV to divisive and lie about it, send fake threatening letters, report it falsely to the police and the FBI.
“He [Smollett] told a lie. That’s what he did. Now we can make up whatever we want to make up about it, but he told a lie the same way the leader of this country does every day.”
So of course, it’s excusable. Because Trump.
She of course leave out the divisive criminality of what he is accused of, the false reporting, the damage that it did and could have done.