I've avoided this board in recent months, but this incident enticed me to check it out. I figured that when the story fell apart, the Trump base would use it to basically say all the racism accusations against them are made up. I'm not going to waste any more time that it took to type this sentence, to say that's pretty much the direction that side has taken. This hoax does not mean that the increase in racism from his base, since Trump took office, isn't legitimate.
The part about this that pisses me off, besides the hoax itself, is how many of the Democratic politicians and their elite supporters (IE: celebrities) have either tread very carefully in taking back their initial reactions, or they've said nothing at all. F*** that. They need to be taking Smollett to task as hard as they took the "MAGA guys" to task when they assumed the story was true. They need to take a page from Don Lemon. Yes Trump supporters, Don Lemon. Since the story fell apart, he's spent a few hours on his show tearing strip after strip off Smollett. He even said as he was talking to people in Chicago the night it happened, there were questions about his story from the start. I haven't heard much of it from "the left" (I hate that term, but it helps me make my point) aside from Lemon and the Chicago PD, and it needs to come from politicians like Corey Booker and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who have been silent since Smollett was exposed for being the sh!tbag he is. Smollett embarrassed them and they should be furious.
Frankly, I think jail time is appropriate for Smollett. What he did could have resulted in others getting hurt, be it from wasting police and medical resources or what if a bystander would have jumped in and been injured or worse? There are many possibilities. Even a month in the clinker with a heavy fine would be sufficient in my opinion. His career is already over, as it should be.
Your exactly on the money my friend, it's sickening that people on both sides are either using this story to diminish the other side or pretending like it never happened.
There isn't logic anymore. People have lost the ability to get out of the stupid tribalism of left versus right. And now they are lost in it. BOTH sides are disgusting, and the average American with common sense is just looking at it and getting infuriated.
Not by the cry of victimhood, we can all understand why someone would be dumb enough to cry wolf nowadays, but because of how each side is reacting to it.
There is no middle ground anymore with half these people. No room for reason.
He should be punished OBVIOUSLY. Hate crimes are real, and the real ones should be taken very seriously OBVIOUSLY. A single case cannot dictate the legitimacy of all cases in the world OBVIOUSLY.
The common sense has to be screamed out nowadays it seems.
There is a growing trend in people faking victimhood for selfish reasons sure, but you don't solve that by denouncing all cases. You do it by proper punishment, jail time and a fine. He almost had two people thrown in jail over this. He needs to be given a stiff hand of justice. And we all need to focus on what matters....actually helping the people that are suffering.
Common sense 101, course 102 coming soon
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