|Celebrities Show Their Love and Support for Jussie Smollet After Hate Crime Attack (photo cred: Instagram)|
Today, celebrities have been showing their love and support on social media for Empire star, Jussie Smollett, after he was hospitalized because of an attack (hate crime) in Chicago. TMZ reported that Smollett was attacked at 2:00 am by two white men who were wearing black masks. The men allegedly referred to the Make America Great Again (MAGA) slogan. Police suspect that the attack was a hate crime because of the words the attackers used to refer to Smollett's race and sexuality. The attackers, who have yet to be caught reportedly placed a noose around the 35-year old's neck and poured bleach on him.
Black-ish and Grown-ish star Yara Shahidi said, "You can never dim someone who is the manifestation of light. Sending love to the brilliant human/artists/ and humanitarian @jussiesmollet..." Gospel singer, Anita Wilson said,"Sending love and prayers for sure! <3 But I'm also saddened, disturbed and pissed to hear of this horrible act of hate committed against @jussiesmolett! In Chicago." Some of Wilson's hastags included "#STOPHOMOPHOBIA" AND #STOPRACISM"
Lee Daniels, the creator of Empire and Star said, "It's taken me a minute to come to social media about this because Jussie, you are my son. You didn't deserve, nor does anybody deserve to have a noose put around your neck, to have bleach thrown on you...You are better than that. America's better than that, We are better than that. It starts at home..."
Sending so much love to you, @jussiesmollett. I’m so sorry for what happened to you. I stand with you. I love you, we love you and I’m praying for your heart and your healing. The fact that senseless, racist, homophobic, hateful acts are still happening in 2019 is disgusting and heartbreaking. My prayers go out to Jussie and everyone else suffering from bigoted and violent attacks. Awaiting justice! Actively celebrating light, love, humanity and freedom!
Sending up prayers for @jussiesmollett . Discrimination of ANY kind should not be tolerated, and will NOT be tolerated. Don’t call this an “attack” this was a HATE CRIME. And we must stand not only with him but all victims. Yall president got people out here acting a DAMN fool, and it needs to stop NOW! Praying for a speedy recovery and justice.
This may be a waste of time because I have learned that it’s often pointless to try and reach people who are hell bent on living in darkness, but here goes. To hate someone because of... continued: https://t.co/ITAZzfMhbt @JussieSmollett pic.twitter.com/BntjcbQx4v— Tyler Perry (@tylerperry) January 29, 2019