The LGBT community has overcome many obstacles in obtaining freedom for the way they choose to live. However, is it OK to pretend to play the victim in such a controversial society?
Since the recent news about the alleged attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett in late January, eyebrows have been raised in relation to the recent evidence that’s been uncovered as this story continues to develop.
Smollett claimed that two masked individuals attacked him at around 2 a.m. in downtown Chicago. They allegedly beat him up, poured a chemical substance on him and tied a noose around his neck. Following the attack, Smollett reportedly waited an hour before calling the police. Not only did Smollett wait an hour before informing authorities of this attack, but he also was found with the noose still tied around his neck, according to the Chicago Police Department.
This story alone left many angry, yet perplexed. If a person harassed another by tying a noose around their neck, wouldn’t that person want to take it off? Maybe Smollett was traumatized and couldn’t think straight, or maybe he staged the attack and wanted to make it look as real as possible? Who knows?
Smollett claimed that the two attackers approached him yelling racial slurs, and specifically, “This is MAGA country!” when the incident took place; however, many supporters found it baffling when the Chicago Police Department arrested two potential suspects who are brothers of Nigerian descent.
According to the Chicago Police Department, a witness claimed the two brothers were with Smollett the night of the attack. As the story has taken a full twist, supporters across the nation are confused as to what to believe.
Actress Alyssa Milano voiced her frustrations on Twitter.
“If that man staged his own attack, he is wrong in so many ways. No one could be that hurtful? To stage this, right? To f—k with all of us by playing into our weaknesses and make it even harder for victims to come forward? No one could choose to be that hurtful? Right?! RIGHT?” she wrote.
The real question to ask is why? Why would Jussie Smollett stage his own attack? An attack that broke the nation’s heart, and wounded the LGBT community? Others hope that this incident was not a staged attack, because that would be insulting to the LGBT community and to ,the African American community.
The world waits for the truth as this story continues to unfold.