on Rich, Jussie Smollett played Jamal Lyon, the talented son of a family of music moguls. When push came to shove, Jamal would often express his feelings with simple yet downright catchy pop-R&B songs. He was a successful musician and, most importantly, a fictional character, so it kind of all worked out. However, Jussie Smollett is a real person that it was recently convicted on five counts of false police reports – which makes his decision to express his feelings publicly via song that much stranger.
On Saturday, Smollett posted a snippet of his new song, “Thank You God,” to Instagram. Judging by the lyrics, he still maintains his innocence:
“It’s like they’re hellbent on not solving the crime
Taking out the elements of race and trans and homophobia that directly cost lives
But turn around and pretend I’m the one who killed the footsteps.”
If a refresher on this years-long saga might help, here’s a rundown: Smollett reported in 2019 that he was the victim of a targeted and violent racist and homophobic hate crime. Within weeks, Smollett himself was arrested and charged with orchestrating the attack. These charges were later dropped, but in 2020 he was charged again with filing a false police report and convicted on five counts in December the following year. This March he was sentenced to 150 days in prison, 30 months probation and a $145,000 fine. Smollett was released after his attorneys argued that the jail time was too long for the nonviolent crime he was convicted of.
In the song, Smollett also calls out two of his one-time allies and raps, “That’s why I still have love for you all from LD to Don.” “LD” is likely Rich Creator Lee Daniels, who was one of Smollett’s early supporters, is allegedly no longer talking to the actor and told Vuture in 2019 that he was “above embarrassed” by the whole scandal. (He also told the publication that the controversy was an “important” factor Rich‘s cancellation by his network Fox.) Don, probably a reference to Don Lemon, was also a friend of Smollett’s who was burned to death as a result of the fall. CNN journalist reportedly alerted Smollett that he was being investigated by police.
In the song, Smollett cast himself as one of many real victims of law enforcement offences.
“Again, this shit ain’t nothing new
When we saw our siblings being accused of shit, we know they don’t
It’s bigger than the cops, it’s coming from above
Until it changes we can’t sleep, we won’t stop.”
Smollett added that “100% of profits” from the song will be donated to organizations like the Rainbow Push Coalition and the Illinois Innocence Project.
After drama At his sentencing hearing, it’s not exactly a shock that Smollett has chosen a different performative approach to approach his case. But there is one aspect of this new musical drama that surprises. His Instagram bio states that the account is “currently run by the Smollett family” – meaning that for some reason, someone other than Jussie herself presumably signed this whole thing on.
https://jezebel.com/does-jussie-smollett-think-empire-is-real-life-1848777729 Jussie Smollett has released a song about his case