From the NY Post
Jussie Smollett’s celeb supporters are backtracking or staying quiet
It’s time to eat crow for the hordes of politicians and celebrities who rushed to condemn the Jussie Smollett “hate attack.’’
Some were walking back their words or deleting old tweets this week — while others turned silent — as cops detailed how he allegedly staged the attack on himself:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
Jan. 30: “The racist, homophobic attack on @JussieSmollett is an affront to our humanity. No one should be attacked for who they are or whom they love. I pray that Jussie has a speedy recovery & that justice is served. May we all commit to ending this hate once & for all.”
Feb. 18: The tweet was deleted, and her rep said in a statement: “Given the turn in the investigation, we decided to no longer amplify the original accusation.”
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ):
Jan. 29: “The vicious attack on actor Jussie Smollett was an attempted modern-day lynching. I’m glad he’s safe. To those in Congress who don’t feel the urgency to pass our Anti-Lynching bill designating lynching as a federal hate crime– I urge you to pay attention.”
Feb. 17: “I’m gonna withhold [comment] until all the information actually comes out from on-the-record sources.”
No comment since.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.)
Jan. 29: “@JussieSmollett is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know. I’m praying for his quick recovery. This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate.”
Feb. 21: Asked about Smollett, she only said, “I love Harlem.’’
Feb. 21: “Like most of you, I’ve seen the reports about Jussie Smollett, and I’m sad, frustrated, and disappointed. When anyone makes false claims to police, it not only diverts resources away from serious investigations but it makes it more difficult for other victims of crimes to come forward.”
The Rev. Al Sharpton
Jan. 30: The attack is a “reminder of the times we live in.”
Feb. 21: “Whoever is wrong should pay the maximum. If Smollett is wrong, he ought to face accountability to the maximum.”
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)
Jan. 30: When TV’s “Entertainment Tonight” reported that Smollett was hospitalized after “a possible homophobic and racially charged attack,’’ she tweeted, “There is no such thing as ‘racially charged.’ This attack was not ‘possibly’ homophobic. It was a racist and homophobic attack. … It is no one’s job to water down or sugar-coat the rise of hate crimes.”
No comment since.
Singer Katy Perry
Jan. 29: “Standing with and sending love to @JussieSmollett today… this is a racist hate crime and is disgusting and shameful to our country.”
She hasn’t walked back that statement.
Actress Olivia Munn
Jan. 29: “Jussie Smollett was violently attacked by two white men who poured bleach on him and put a noose around his neck. He was targeted for being black and for being gay. THIS is why we have to have zero tolerance against homophobia and racism. Jussie’s life matters.”
No comment since. Hasn’t deleted tweet.
Director Rob Reiner
“The horrific attack on Jussie Smollett has no place in a decent human loving society. Homophobia existed before Trump, but there is no question that since he has injected his hatred into the American bloodstream, we are less decent, less human, & less loving. No intolerance! No DT!”
Has since deleted the tweet.
Actor Billy Eichner
Jan. 29: Trump and “all MAGA lunatics” should “burn in hell.’’
The tweet has been deleted.
And yeah, stay fucking shut up