If indeed Empire Star Jussie Smollett has funded and staged a fake hate crime against himself, we should all be angry at him. And no one deserves to be angry about what he has allegedly done more than progressive people of color, LGBTQ people, Muslims, really any group of people who are feeling more and more in danger at the time of Trump.
After all, he alone has given the far right a cudgel to overthrow our righteousness, and the reality that the type of violence simulated by Smollett is a reality with which many of us live each day .
The right-wing experts have been too happy to promote this story, to shame celebrities like Cardi B and politicians like Senator Kamala Harris for being bold in this post-MeToo world of believing story of an alleged victim. Even the President of the United States, who is a member of the Hall of Fame for Victims Trafficking, weighed his weight, tweeting thursday: @JussieSmollett – What about MAGA and tens of millions of people who insulted you with your racist and dangerous comments !? #MAGA. "
Certainly, Smollett and the reaction to his transgressions will mark another sad chapter in the daily reality TV of American life, because everything, including the success or failure of the next Marvel franchise film, is now considered under the prism of victory. or loss for the left or the right. The truly bizarre act of Smollett's career self-sabotage (even Kanye could not have achieved such a feat) will be marked as a victory for their side.
And yet, where is the Conservative scandal for the very real acts of violence perpetrated in their first name? On the same day that Smollett's story began to collapse and his possible arrest became inevitable, Christopher Paul Hasson, a member of the US Coast Guard and white supremacist with the delusional ideas of mass murder liberals, was known ("Poca Warren" was one of his choices) and unknown, apparently hoping to create his own ethnically purified utopia, was captured.
MSNBC viewers witnessed the surreal spectacle of watching Chris Hayes say that he himself was on the list of Hasson's murders. And of course, Hayes is an inescapable and progressive anchor of cable, but what about the eleven relatively anonymous people shot dead by a man who would have "wanted all Jews to die" in a Pittsburgh synagogue there is some months?
President Trump, who tends to accept and make anti-Semitic remarks regularly, did not call it a hate crime when he approached this attack in public, but instead blamed the victims for not to have armed guards in their place. worship.
It's nothing else, the strangest thing about Hasson news is its absolute banality. (Full Disclosure: My wife had to remind me of the synagogue firing – which took place last October – because there have been so many large-scale shootings that I can not follow them anymore.)
"We live at a time when a man can send mail bombs to two former presidents, a sitting congressman, an iconic movie star, a news agency and a billionaire, and he will be greeted with a shrug of shoulders. by the right because the devices detonated."
We live at a time when a man can send mail bombs to two former presidents, a sitting congressman, an iconic movie star, a news agency and a billionaire, and he will be greeted with a shrug of shoulders. by the right because the devices detonated. The fact that the suspect, Cesar Sayoc, is obsessed by John Hinckley by Trump and his self-proclaimed political enemies would have been a problem for everyone a decade ago, it is now the culture-war instant fodder.
And let's not forget that the biggest shooting of American history took place less than two years ago, perpetrated by a rather rich white man of middle age, whose motive is still unknown to us all.
America faces several real crises that highlight the absurdity of Trump's recent statement that the low immigration of several undocumented years to the southern border is a national security crisis.
But for a list that includes climate change, income inequality, gun violence and health care, we should also include a spike in racially motivated hate crimes, which rose 17% last year .
White Conservatives are not the only ones to blame for this phenomenon; after all, the rise of hate crimes began in the Obama era. But there must be a reason for these types of violent men to be mainly attracted to Republicans. David Duke is not attracted to Bernie's message, but he certainly likes Trump's style.
And if you are black, Latino, LGBTQ, Muslim – any group that the MAGA community despises and / or denigrates – and had to watch your president encourage people to get beaten at his rallies and declare that "good people" hold torches and proclaim "The Jews will not replace us", would not you be predisposed to believe that someone like Jesse Smollett could be targeted and abused?
If we want to start giving figures on hypocrisy and willful ignorance within our disparate ridings, the right is definitely about to have its moment back home chickens.
If Robert Mueller's report on the incestuous relationship of the Trump campaign with Russia is half as devastating as it should be, conservatives of all stripes should be asked to explain why coordinating with a foreign power to steal an election is somehow not as vicious and wrong as hiring two people to pretend to abuse you.
Steve King is still an influential member of the Republican Congress. Chances are Jussie Smollett will not be on Empire for a lot longer.
Coincidentally, Donald Trump still has not tweeted about the Coast Guard terrorist, but he tweeted Smollett.
Of course, if Smollett is guilty of what he is now accused of, he should be sentenced – perhaps not by the president, who should have more important duties to do – but this conviction should be proportionate to his actual crimes.
Whatever the Smollett affair, hate-motivated violence will not disappear, nor will the complicity of the right.