Is anybody really surprised anymore that Hollywood frequently takes shots at President Trump because they’re still angry about the way the 2016 General Election unfolded?
You probably haven’t watched “Empire” but it’s infamously known for being that show embattled former actor Jussie Smollett was fired off of in the wake of his criminal proceedings over a Downtown Chicago attack he claimed occurred in January.
And since this is the show’s last season, Fox’s “Empire” aggressively went after Trump in the season premiere.
A lot of people hadn’t really heard of the show “Empire” until Jussie Smollett made the show infamous. Sure, the show was still on the air so that means it obviously had decent enough ratings to remain on the air, otherwise it would’ve been canceled a long time ago. But that still means it’s a small minutiae percentage of the public.
Smollett was out at 2am in freezing temperatures in Chicago, Illinois when he claims he was “jumped” by two “MAGA” supporters who claimed they knew the homosexual actor’s show. They allegedly beat him up, put a noose around his neck and screamed both racial and homophobic slurs.
But an investigation by the Chicago Police Department discovered Smollett wasn’t forthcoming with the truth. Not only did they find evidence of two Nigerian brothers who worked on the show paid $3,500 to enact Smollett’s master plan but there is video evidence of the two buying rope and other criminal paraphernalia at a local Chicago hardware store.
Consequently, Smollett was charged, indicted and facing sixteen felonies. Soon after, the charges were dismissed with a slap on the wrist.
Nevertheless, “Empire” producers wanted nothing to do with the actor and he was fired from the show altogether.
But that didn’t stop the show from continuing on the Trump vitriol train.
The first episode has a scene of series star Taraji P. Henson’s character “Cookie” appearing on a television show reminiscent of ABC’s “The View,” where she hoped the president would end up in jail.
As the character appeared on the faux talk show, Cookie went off on Trump as soon as his name was mentioned, saying, “please tell me they finally threw his lying ass in prison.”
The talk show’s Meghan McCain-type character, “Lizzie,” struck back with a snide comment noting that Cookie had been in jail herself, but for the most part the show portrayed Cookie as the crowd favorite for her attack on Trump.
If you don’t know the show it’s about a music mogul, similar to that of Jay-Z or P Diddy, who must choose a successor amongst his three sons over his multimillion-dollar company.
In the meantime, although they fired Smollett, star patriarchy of “Empire,” actor Terrence Howard, actually misses Smollett, who played his son in the show.
On CBS’ “Late Late Show” with James Corden, Howard said, “I was so proud of that young man that played my son because he still loved me at the end of it and all he wanted to do was get closer to me and then out of nowhere he’s snatched away from us. He was the heart of our show and now it’s like our show is on a heart and lung bypass machine. Because the heart is gone but we’re still hoping that there’s gonna be a transplant.”
Is Howard really not aware how Smollett brought all this trouble on himself? Are the producers and writers really that tone deaf to go out of their way to bash Trump when their star actor caused this havoc in the first place?
Smollett was on a mission to demonize Trump supporters on a nationwide scale and they have the audacity to attack the president on top of that? It’s absurd.