News: Jussie Smollett Performs After Attack
Despite being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack a few days ago, Empire actor and singer Jussie Smollett took to the state at the Troubadour in Chicago, declaring to everyone that he “fought the fuck back.”
Smollett’s performance at the Troubadour was scheduled before the attack, so his appearance was not a sure thing. However, Smollett did not just perform, but also roused the crowd with several declarations. As reported by the Advocate, Smollett was first introduced by his siblings and then declared that he “couldn’t let those motherfuckers win.”
“I will always stand for love. Regardless of what anyone else says, I will only stand for love,” he said.
Smollett also told the crowd to not be cowed by the attack against him.
“Be as black, be as proud, be as gay…Now is the time,” Smollett declared to the cheering crowd. “Be blacker. Be gayer!”
Smollett also clarified a number of things about his attack. Smollett said: “I was bruised but my ribs were not cracked. They were not broken. I went to the director immediately. I was not hospitalized. Both my doctors in L.A. and Chicago cleared me to perform but said to take care, obviously. And above all, I fought the fuck back.”
Notable personalities in the crowd that watch Smollett’s triumphant return were California Congresswoman Maxine Waters and actor Wilson Cruz.
During his attack, Smollett was allegedly doused with a chemical, had a rope put around his neck, and called a f** and a n*****. The assailants also reportedly yelled “This is MAGA country” as they fled the scene. Chicago police has already released images of “persons of interest” in the attack.
Anybody who has more information regarding the attack can contact the Chicago Police Department’s Area Central Detective at 312-747-8382 or anonymously report it to www.cpdtip.com.