Actor Jussie Smollett leaves the Leighton Courthouse after his court appearance on March 26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. This morning in court it was announced that all charges were dropped against the actor. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
Actor Jussie Smollett leaves the Leighton Courthouse after his court appearance on March 26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. This morning in court it was announced that all charges were dropped against the actor. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett received a 150-day sentence and 30 months probation for staging a hate crime in January 2019 and lying to police about being the victim. Some, including Smollett’s brother Jocqui, say that the lack of support Jussie is receiving is due to homophobia. What are your thoughts?

Otis Trotter, Canton, Ohio

I think there’s some truth in her claims of homophobia in the Black community. But I don’t think this was a significant factor in Black people’s skepticism surrounding his story. When it first happened, I think Black people believed him and were supportive even for a great while after his story continued to unravel. Eventually, it got to the point where people just had enough of this ridiculousness. He still could have retained some of his dignity if he would’ve confessed and demonstrated some contrition.

Lashell Jackson, Duncanville, Texas

What did he expect? Black folks to loot and tear down the city on behalf of his brother’s lies? Of course, we care. We always care when there is an extreme miscarriage of justice. He pulled a narcissistic stunt he contrived in his head for his ego, and now he’s feeling the fire because everyone’s on to him.

Freeda Dale, Washington, D.C.

I absolutely loved Jussie on “Empire” and probably watched the show longer than I should have because of Jussie and his talents. Initially, I believed his story and was saddened to hear that this happened to him. However, don’t carry me along if it’s BS and seek support. I’m not here for that. All that stated, I still think jail time is excessive. How many others have filed false reports and not served a day for it?

Rolando Sanchez, Los Angeles

No, lying about what happened is what caused the lack of support.

Brandy Johnson, Dallas

Do you mean like the tons of support he initially received? Many Black folks simply believe either he flat-out lied or there’s enough lies mixed in that he doesn’t deserve our energy. Overall, however, we believe that him going to jail is a bit much. But I’m not marching for Jussie.

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  1. What Jussie Smollett did was the biggest insult to actual hate crime victims imaginable. Originally I thought he should be let off easy but the way he kept stretching this out and wasting the baluabytome of the courts and.police, I think this is exactly what he deserves.artha Stewart got a similar sentence for insider trading, and at least she didn’t play victim.

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