January 29th, 2019 Jussie Smollett was attacked by two unknown men.He was walking to walgreens, but end up going to subway. While walking back home he noticed two males following him.The two males begin to shout “Empire” before getting closer to Smollett. Once they got close to Smollett they called him homophobic and racist slurs.Smollett then turned around and asked the two males to repeat what they had said. The two males then respond with “ This MAGA country n****r”, before punching Smollett in the back. Smollett was on the phone with his manager while the altercation was happening. Smollett and one of the two men began to fight, they ended up near the stairs, where the second one wrapped a rope around his neck. They also poured an unknown chemical on him.
Once Smollett healed, he was ready and willing to share his story. His story is the same story that happens to many members apart of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) community. At his show in the Troubadour club on the Sunset Strip, Smollett shared his story with the crowd, the crowd cried and cheered as he told his story. Smollett then goes on to say, “I am not fully healed yet, but I’m going to, and I’m gonna stand strong with ya’ll. I had to be here tonight, y’all. I couldn’t let those m*********ers win. So I will always stand for love. I will never stand for anything other than that. Regardless of what anyone else says, I will only stand for love and I hope that you all stand with me. And above all, I fought the f–k back, I’m the gay Tupac” Even though Smollett said it as a joking matter,it stirred up some talking on social media. People took his comment seriously, and stated that he shouldn’t compare himself to the late rapper.
Although many people believe that his attack was a set up for the new season of “Empire”, Smollett still goes on to tell his story. He hopes that he can help out others that suffered the same trauma has him.