After a recent scandal in which Amari Allen, a black girl accused several white classmates of pinning her down and cutting off her hair, and was later shown that she fabricated the whole story.
Some people, including journalist Derrick Jackson, pointed out that the story somewhat reminded them of another recent controversy, the one around Jussie Smollett.
It did not take long for those sentiments to get picked up by a large number of people, and they were soon being shared around social media very actively.
And it looks like word has reached Smollett himself, who is not all too happy about the situation.
The former Empire actor is not very fond of the comparisons being brought up and insists that his situation was completely different — mostly because he was not trying to fool anyone, according to Smollett himself.
Smollett responded by: “With all due respect, brother, y’all can clown me all you want, but my story has never changed, and I haven’t lied about a thing.”
He added: “Y’all can continue to be misinformed, internalized sheep, who believe what proven liars feed you or you can read the actual docs. Either way, Imma be alright. I know me and what happened. You don’t. So carry on. All Love.”
It is worth noting that the outcome of the whole ordeal around Smollett was inconclusive, as officals reacted bizarrely, eventually dropping the actor’s case but still ordering him to pay for the wasted police investigation time.
Many saw that as a hint that the authorities did see the actor as guilty, but did not want to smear his reputation any further.
In any case, it does not look like many are sympathetic to Smollett at this point, and his rebuttal to the comparisons has backfired, with even more people sharing these opinions at the moment. They are having a field day bashing him.
One person said: “He’s changed and added to his story. His job is an actor, and as an actor, you’re trained to memorize lines and the story. He went overboard when telling his false truth. People who don’t want to be victims of racism don’t keep a noose on their necks and keep a sandwich in their hands. Nor would a racist keep a tiny bottle of bleach when they could have used a large bottle. He’s so full of crap he believes his own lies.”
A second social media user revealed: “I would normally say “ he/she didn’t lie, “ but he literally lied, though. There is so much proof that Jussie lied. Why is an ole boy still trying to convince us otherwise? 🤡”
This follower claimed: “Wait, Jussie is still even pretending it was real… I have to laugh. 💀💀💀The only reason he’s not in jail is bc he’s rich and he has his connections. He lied, and there’s proof — end story.”
This supporter said: “STILL with Jussie. He and his family have been amazing actors and philanthropists for years. What would he gain by a lie, regardless of the situation? Sorry, not sorry.”
Smollett will never come around on this topic.