Did Jussie Smollett escape consequences for staging a hate crime hoax because he’s black? Did he get away with an outrageous fabrication, one which added fuel to the smoldering racial discontentment in the United States, because he’s gay? Did he walk away from the most byzantine salary negotiation of all time because he’s a celebrity? Or, did he dodge justice for inciting the liberal rage mob against the wrong people because he’s politically connected?
The answer to all of those questions is a resounding “yes!” If Jussie Smollett was a straight, white, marginally famous, conservative, male, he’d be facing the toughest prosecution since Nuremberg. Given the preponderance of evidence, video of the Osundairo brothers buying items used in the faked attack, Smollett’s bizarre story, and even the check by which he paid his co-conspirators, even the OJ jury would have sent him to the big house to think about what he’s done.
A good friend of mine, one who happens to be smarter than I, told me “Jussie Smollett is the gay OJ.” She’s not wrong, but she’s not going far enough. Smollett isn’t skating merely because he’s gay, nor because he’s black, rich, or famous. Jussie Smollett is getting away with it because he not only checks all the “woke” boxes, he knows all the “woke” people.
I can’t say with certainty that Smollett’s “get out of jail free” card was stamped by powerful friends like Barack and Michelle Obama. But I can attest with absolute confidence that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s angry press conference expressing dismay over what he called a “whitewash” of justice suggests somebody higher on the food chain leaned into the case. It takes a hell of a hammer to force a guy like Emanuel to sputter with impotent rage in his own city. The list of people who tote a tool that heavy is pretty short, and the Obamas are definitely near the top.
I actually don’t care what happens to Jussie Smollett. Let him go back to his little tv show, do the usual “comeback” interviews with the usual tabloids and tv chat shows, and maybe even pick up an Emmy from an appreciative Hollywood. The lesson from this sordid saga is much larger than some guy whose name, until 2 months ago, followed “also starring” in the credits. A black, gay, celebrity, liberal put together a scam involving a sandwich, a noose, two Nigerians, and 8 weeks of the Democrat/media complex smearing everyone to the right of Che’ Guevara; all to score a bump in his already-6-figure salary. And he got away with it, because he knows all the right (left) people.