Friday, February 22, 2019

The real Jussie Smollett story: Any pundit who believed him should be canceled

I somehow deleted the original, longer (and funnier, honest!) version of this post—whether Blogger or I goofed, I dunno. (Okay, I would bet on me.)

But the title of this post may be all that's needed. The Jussie Smollett story was plausible when it consisted of an anonymous hate letter. When the second part was added on the 29th, the story stank: you had to believe MAGA fans of Empire stalked Jussie Smollett to hang a rope around his neck and pour bleach on him. That's an awful lot of effort for someone as politically irrelevant as Smollett.

That's why I made this post on Facebook and Twitter on the 30th:
There’s a news story that doesn’t smell right. I’m not going to name it because it may turn out I’m wrong, but in case my instinct is right, I’m noting it now.

Don’t bother asking which story.

Yes, this does mean I can claim to be right later on about anything I please. :)
The only thing that surprises me now is that the truth came out because Smollett was so incompetent—not every hoax hate crime is exposed, just as not every actual hate crime is confirmed.

If anyone wants to make a list of pundits who don't think critically, Xeni Jardin has a couple of posts at BoingBoing expressing her support for Smollett that include a lot of quotes from gullible (though well-meaning) people.

Don't "believe the victim". Investigate all accusations. Sometimes people are wrong and sometimes they lie.