When Crying Hate Is Hate Speech

The acting career of Jussie Smollett has come to an abrupt halt—at least for a while—after what appears have been one of his best, most compelling, and convincing performances, using a script he wrote himself. He convinced the nation that he had been targeted due to his race and sexual preference, and had his casting and directing met the same high standard as his acting, we might never have been the wiser.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson condemned the actor, saying, “Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career. This publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago didn’t earn, and certainly didn’t deserve.” One gets the sense that Johnson, who is black, is doubly offended by Smollett’s lie.