While the details surrounding the attack on Jussie Smollett continue to develop over time, there is growing chatter online from the MAGA side of the map that he’s making it all up. With reports stating that the attack was racially motivated, MAGA Twitter is calling the attack a hoax but Black Twitter is pushing back.
Far-Right pundits like Michelle Malkin and Steven Crowder have used their large platforms to question the motive of the attack and if Smollett’s account of what occurred were credible.
The skepticism easily spread over to Twitter among that base, and the decrying of the attack as racially motivated and homophobic has been robust despite the Empire actor receiving hate mail at a Fox studio in Chicago.
We’ve collected some of the responses from Black Twitter shouting down the Far-Right MAGA nutballs with little else to do with their lives below.
Forgive my skepticism when the police department that tried to cover up video of LaQuan McDonald's death suddenly claims they can find no video evidence of the attack on #JussieSmollett https://t.co/zdH8SWonnY— Dr. Jason Johnson (@DrJasonJohnson) January 30, 2019
But why are they asking the victim to...you know what. Never mind.https://t.co/t75R3w6WD7— 🇯🇲Black🇭🇹 Aziz 🇳🇬aNANsi🇹🇹 (@Freeyourmindkid) January 31, 2019
Lots of people calling for video related to Jussie Smollett's attack seem to forget that we've had plenty of video of unwarranted killings of countless black people and it still didn't matter.— Aura Bogado (@aurabogado) January 31, 2019
The internalized anti-Blackness in our community and the internalized self-hate some gay men openly express also hurt efforts to bring justice for Jussie Smollett and Black trans women who often fall more victim to hate crimes.— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) January 31, 2019
why are people assuming Jussie Smollett is lying... why do y’all want to believe that lgbtq people make shit up when they are actually just in very real danger every day? What are y’all trying to prove? Stop trying to paint lgbt people as oversensitive for wanting basic safety!!!— lydia (@lydiakwilliams) January 31, 2019
There’s a lot to say. There's a lot do. I haven’t the grace at the moment to put my rage into action so I’ma wait. With that said, We love you Jussie. We stand by you. We fight this Civil War together! @JussieSmollett pic.twitter.com/aES9dlVWqT— Billy Porter (@theebillyporter) January 31, 2019
And people said @JussieSmollett lied about the attack. Those who know him know he would never do that. I hope they catch the racists soon.— yvette nicole brown (@YNB) January 31, 2019
Cops Confirm #JussieSmollett Had Rope Around Neck in Lobby https://t.co/Y60IdNhxOd via @TMZ
Sendin some love to Jussie Smollett. Love you brother.— The Chosen One (@KidCudi) January 31, 2019
Gonna be a lot of notes app apologies coming for folk trying to say he was lying.— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) January 31, 2019