I can't believe that I'm talking about Jussie Smollett, but this is important. His false hate crime is an act of such stupidity, such selfishness and so dangerous, it may very well make it more difficult for real victims, in ways which we can only imagine. Just as Smollett was an actor I'd never heard of up until now, the devastating impact of his crime has propelled him to the spotlight, for all the wrong reasons, the fallout won't reveal itself until the next awful, and real, hate crime plays out in court. It would be nice to think that the victim won't face distrust and prejudice because of this one dumb guy, but we'll have to wait and see.
Meanwhile, I'm still reeling from learning that Empire was co-created by Danny Strong, AKA Todd Krakow from Billions and Jonathan Levinson from Buffy! So, I hate to join the national conversation about this idiot, but it's too important to ignore. This will, I hope, be my last word on the Smollett story, but like so many of our national nightmares, it may linger.
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