‘What a waste of light skin…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Comedian Chris Rock blasted actor Jussie Smollett at the annual NAACP Image Awards for staging a fake hate crime and getting away with it.
“They said ‘No Jussie Smollett jokes’ … What a waste of light skin. Do you know what I could do with that light skin? That curly hair? My career would be out of here! I’d be running Hollywood,” Rock said.
“What the hell was he thinking?” Rock continued. “You’re ‘Jessie’ from now on. You don’t get the ‘u’ no more. That ‘u’ was respect. You ain’t getting no respect from me!”
Smollett did not attend the NAACP awards, although he was nominated for best supporting actor in a television drama.
Smollett has been nominated for the award four years in a row, but has only won once, in 2017.
The NAACP Awards’ host, actor Anthony Anderson, said he was rooting for Smollett, despite the criminal charges that Chicago prosecutors recently dropped.
“I hope he wins,” Anderson told Variety. “I’m happy for him that the system worked for him in his favor because the system isn’t always fair, especially for people of color. So I’m glad it worked out for him.”
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, however, said Smollett’s case is an example of how the justice system works for the benefit of the elite few at the expense of everyone else.
“It’s Mr. Smollett who committed this hoax,” Emanuel said. “He’s still saying he’s innocent, still running down the Chicago Police Department. How dare he? How dare he? It is wrong. Full stop.”
Smollett falsely claimed that he was walking home one night when two men grabbed him, yelled racial and homophobic slurs, and wrapped a noose around his neck, yelling “This is MAGA country.”
The hate-crime hoaxer has continued to deny lying to the police or staging the attack, even after law enforcement discovered that Smollett had paid two brothers to help him fake it.
President Donald Trump has said he may encourage the FBI and Justice Department to review whether Smollett could be charged with federal crimes.