The NAACP’s Image Awards were held last night and “Empire’s” Jussie Smollett was a no-show. It’s no wonder considering the scandal he’s embroiled in over staging fake hate crimes and then getting caught at it by the Chicago Police. Yep, Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx dropped all charges after a call from one of Michelle Obama’s people… but that doesn’t mean anyone believes Smollett is innocent here.
Comedian Chris Rock is known for offensive jokes and at times is genuinely funny. He did not hold back at the awards ceremony even though he had been told not to make Smollett jokes. Rock roasted Smollett and mercilessly mocked him.
“They said ‘No Jussie Smollett jokes’ … What a waste of light skin. Do you know what I could do with that light skin? That curly hair? My career would be out of here! I’d be running Hollywood,” said Rock, who was on hand to present the award for Outstanding Comedy Series.
It’s not just the right that is outraged over Smollett’s disgraceful behavior. The left and anyone with a sense of decency that does not want to see riots and violence in the streets is infuriated by his actions. He should be in jail, not walking free and lying at will. Rock made this crystal clear: “What the hell was he thinking? You’re ‘Jessie’ from now on. You don’t get the ‘u’ no more. That ‘u’ was respect. You ain’t getting no respect from me!” Or from anyone else either.
Smollett was nominated for best supporting actor in a television drama for his role as Jamal Lyon on “Empire.” He understandably lost and the show’s ratings have cratered.
The show chose to stand behind Smollett instead of doing the right thing. That was a fatal decision. He was edged out by “Grey’s Anatomy” star Jesse Williams.