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The siblings of Empire actor Jussie Smollett are attacking blaming the media amid reports that their embattled brother staged an attack against himself in Chicago last month.
Both Jocqui Smollett and Jurnee Smollett-Bell reposted a quote on Instagram attributed to Malcolm X, in which the late Muslim minister and activist is critical of the media. “This is the media, an irresponsible press. It will make the criminal look like he’s the victim and make the victim look like he’s the criminal. If you aren’t careful, the media will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”
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Malcolm X uttered the phrase during a 1964 speech in Harlem and used the words press and newspapers instead of “media” as stated in the quote shared by the Smollett siblings.
Smollett-Bell, who played Nicole Wright in the smash HBO series True Blood, then shared a screenshot from her brother of a tweet in support of the Empire star. “I have a feeling even if we had video of Jussie [Smollett] being attacked…y’all would still discredit him,” the tweet written by “@imgionni states. “Because it’s easier to believe what aligns with your contempt for survivors of hate crimes, sexual abuse, etc who happen to be LGBTQ+, disabled, or women.”
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The Smollett siblings’ words of support come as Jussie Smollett refuses to meet with Chicago police after detectives obtained “new evidence” while interrogating two Nigerian brothers — Abimbola “Abel” and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo — said to have helped orchestrate the assault.
CBS Chicago’s Charlie De Mar reported Saturday that at least one of the brothers bought the rope at Craft Beaver hardware store in the days leading up to the alleged staged attack. Smollett is said to have directed the purchase of the rope, and paid the brothers...
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