“I’m the gay Tupac” – Jussie Smollett jokes at first performance since attack

‘Empire’ star, Jussie Smollett made his first public appearance since he survived what has been described as a “possible hate crime” in Chicago last week.

Speaking while on stage at the Troubadour club in West Hollywood, Smollett told the crowd, “I’m not fully healed yet, but… I’m going to stand strong with you all. I’m the gay Tupac”.

The gay actor who plays Jamal in the Fox series added, “I had to be here tonight, y’all. I couldn’t let those motherf–kers win. So I will always stand for love. I will never stand for anything other than that. Regardless of what anyone else says, I will only stand for love and I hope that you all stand with me.”

Smollett had been attacked in Chicago by two masked men who chanted racial and homophobic slurs, hit him in the face, poured bleach on him and wrapped a rope around his neck. According to reports, the assailants used the expression, “Make America Great Again”, the catchphrase made popular by US President, Donald Trump.


Ella Chioma

Ella Chioma is an entertainment and celebrity style editor with years of experience in the industry. She is a graduate of Linguistics & African Languages from the University of Ibadan. She obtained a Diploma in Mass Communication from the prestigious Enugu State University Of Science and Technology (Esutech). She likes to write, cook and listen to soothing music. You can reach her on Email: [email protected]

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