After Jussie Smollett, star of the Fox musical drama Empire, was attacked in Chicago early Tuesday morning (Jan. 29) in a doable hate crime, his well-known mates and admirers took to social media to lend assist.
Smollett’s two assailants, who had been allegedly carrying ski masks and Make America Great Again hats, approached the overtly homosexual actor whereas yelling racial and homophobic slurs together with "Aren't you that faggot Empire n—-r?" The pair of unidentified white males then proceeded to wrap a noose round Smollett’s neck whereas pouring an “unknown chemical substance” on him. According to a report by TMZ, Smollett sustained a fractured rib within the altercation as he fought again and the 2 unidentified males yelled “This is MAGA nation!” earlier than fleeing the scene.
In the wake of the assault, celebrities and followers alike have turned to social media to precise their outrage, unhappiness and assist for Smollett. Janet Jackson, Viola Davis, Matt Bomer and Andy Cohen, plus Empire co-creator Lee Daniels and Empire co-stars Serayah and AzMarie Livingston, all shared their love for Smollett and shock on the information. Shonda Rhimes, Dan Levy, Ella Mai and LGBTQ+ activist Raymond Braun additionally shared their assist for the actor.
Take a take a look at a number of the reactions beneath: