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You Haters! Stop Questioning Gay Actor’s Claim of ‘MAGA’ Hate Crime in Chicago

Posted on | January 31, 2019 | 1 Comment



When it was reported Tuesday that a gay black actor had been the target of an alleged hate crime in Chicago (“‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett Tells Cops His Attackers Shouted ‘MAGA Country’,” TMZ, Jan. 29), there were obvious reasons for skepticism, as Michelle Malkin explained:

Question: How many racist, homophobic menaces wander around the upscale Streeterville neighborhood of liberal Chicago at 2 a.m. carrying rope and bleach, yelling about “MAGA country?”
Question: How many racist, homophobic menaces have ever heard of “Empire,” could recognize Jussie Smollett, or know or care anything about his sexuality?

This is not the same as calling Jussie Smollett a liar, but it is difficult to believe that MAGA-hat wearing rednecks were roaming the streets of Chicago to ambush an actor almost nobody had heard of. And so far, to almost no one’s surprise, Chicago cops have been unable to verify Smollett’s tale or apprehend his (perhaps imaginary) redneck attackers.

What? You’re claiming to be the victim of a hate crime that occurred while you were on the phone with your manager, but you refuse to let police examine your phone? Gosh, nothing suspicious about that. But if you’re skeptical, you must be a “far-right extremist.”

Far-right extremists are trying
to convince people that the brutal attack
on Jussie Smollett is a hoax

Alex Henderson, AlterNet

Look, buddy, I can’t speak for any other “far-right extremists,” but as for me, I’m not “trying to convince” anyone of anything (except maybe that they should hit the tip jar because the electric company seems very serious about my $400 past-due power bill). All I’m saying — and what such of my fellow “far-right extremists” like Michelle Malkin and Steven Crowder are also saying — is that we’ve seen a few amateurish “hate” hoaxes over the years, and Jussie Smollett’s tale seems quite familiar.


Did I mention that my electric bill is past-due? As I said in an email to regular tip-jar hitters, it’s embarrassing to have to do these emergency tip-jar rattles, but thanks to a couple of sympathetic readers I was able to stave off disconnection this morning, and that’s all that matters. There is no obvious correlation between productivity and revenue in the blog racket. I was feeling pretty good about my output — more than 90 posts this month, compared to 70 in January 2018, thus a 28% increase — but then the power company guy showed up with the cut-off warning and I was like, “Well, that’s not so good.” It’s been a hard month. The temperature this morning was 3°F and thank God my wife ordered the heating oil last week, but that was another $400, and did I mention that BuzzFeed is laying off staff despite collecting nearly half a billion dollars in capital investment? Oh, that’s a “democratic emergency,” according to the New York Times. whereas a lone blogger’s problems? Nobody cares. Certainly nobody at the New York Times.

But if any of my fellow “far-right extremists” could make some small contribution — $5, $10, $20, whatever — I would be most grateful. The Five Most Important Words in the English Language are:




One Response to “You Haters! Stop Questioning Gay Actor’s Claim of ‘MAGA’ Hate Crime in Chicago”

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