It’s All About the Optics: Jussie Smollett

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It's All About the Optics: Jussie Smollett
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The Jussie Smollett saga started with an alleged attack involving MAGA and homophobic slurs. Then, it produced two potential suspects, who have links to the alleged victim. However, the investigation revealed a staged attack and resulted in charges. Now, officials dropped all 16 charges and sealed the case. But, this story is far from over. It lingers and continues to spiral in different directions.

Initially, the incident sounded sketchy. Who goes out in freezing weather to get a sandwich? But, if you’re hungry, you’re hungry. Now, according to Jussie’s lawyer, he went out to get eggs. Wait, what? And, the alleged suspects were possibly wearing whiteface. The truth has wings. Between Jussie and his lawyer, they’ve managed to flood the media with changing details and interesting theories. And, the mayor of Chicago isn’t having any of it.

Unfortunately, this saga impacts the show, Empire. Now, when you think of the show, Empire, surprise, Jussie Smollett’s name enters your mind. The show’s producers have been put in a difficult position. Whether one believes the incident was staged or not, one of their actors isn’t being seen in a good light. This casts a dark shadow over the show and the other actors.

Sometimes, it’s hard to believe that this is going on. It sounds like some crazy plot for a tv show or movie. What is the end game? When will it go away from social media?

And, if the allegations were untrue then it puts others in difficult situations when they report crimes committed against them. False police reporting is not only legally wrong, but it’s morally wrong. Lying isn’t okay.

On the other hand, if the incident did occur as Jussie reported. Then, I hope he gets therapy for his ordeal. Being in the spotlight with people saying all sorts of things about you can be overwhelming.