Celebrities Support Jussie Smollett Following Hate Crime Attack

Celebrities Support Jussie Smollett Following Hate Crime Attack

Celebrities Support Jussie Smollett Following Hate Crime Attack

Here's what celebrities have to say about the terrifying hate crime against 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett.

Here's what celebrities have to say about the terrifying hate crime against 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett.

Text: Harshvardhan Shah

On January 29th, Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyon on Empire, was attacked by two suspects wearing ski masks in Chicago at 2am. The suspects yelled homophobic and racist slurs at Smollett before punching him, pouring an unknown chemical substance over his head and then tying a rope around his neck. Smollett has since been discharged from the hospital with a broken rib.

Several celebrities such as Shonda Rhimes, Viola Davis and Smollett's Empire costar Viviva A. Fox wrote out announcements on their social media accounts to advocate for the LGBTQIA+ community and the importance of spreading love and supporting one another. "THIS is why the LGBTQ community continue to fight to be seen and PROTECTED against hate!” Viola Davis wrote on twitter to her fans.

Comedian and actor Yassir Lester, encouraged his fans to help create change via twitter “I don’t wanna retweet that Jussie Smollett article but I will say don’t ever tell people in a marginalized group ever to be quiet or stop complaining because we always have to be on the defensive, and when we’re silent things like this happen. Donate to a LBGTQIA/Black org today.”

The Chicago police has reported that they are investigating the assault and that details about the suspects remain to be unknown. TMZ reported that the suspects yelled "This is MAGA country" before attack Smollett.

Smollett received a tremendous amount of support from other celebrities and costars who expressed their disappointment and shock in relation to this attack on Twitter:

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