Like it never even happened. Disgraced actor Jussie Smollett turned up on the red carpet ahead of Sunday’s BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, proving that when Hollywood liberals check the right boxes, anything is possible.
The convicted liar was released from jail in March pending appeal after serving just a few days of a 150-day sentence after being convicted of lying to police about a staged racist and homophobic attack on himself — Smollett was convicted on five felony counts of disorderly conduct for lying to Chicago police.
In filing for his release, Smollett’s attorneys claimed he’d be in danger of physical harm if he remained in Cook County Jail. He was released after posting a personal recognizance bond of $150,000, which means no money was required as long as Smollett comes to court when necessary.
But it seems Smollett believes the BET red carpet is a safer alternative, assuming he did not get lost on his way to a nearby Subway sandwich shop.
As seen in the video above, Smollett was wearing a tan jacket with its sleeves rolled up over a white tank top, with brown pants and black leather shoes. He also rocked several gold chains, including one that featured a cross and another with an emblem in the shape of Africa.
Turns out, driving racial discord in America in an act that equated to throwing gasoline on a raging fire, given the state of racial relations at the time, did not prevent Smollett from finding work. He is currently directing a BET+ original movie, B-Boy Blues, according to the Daily Mail. The film is an adaptation of the James Earl Hardy 1991 novel.
Smollett also capitalized on his legal challenges in a song titled, “Thank You God,” which appears to be a furtherance of his claim that he did not stage the attack on him — a claim that ignores a mountain of evidence saying otherwise.
“Some people searching for fame / Some people chasing that clout / Just remember this … this ain’t that situation / You think I’m stupid enough to kill my reputation?” the lyrics read.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from Twitter:
That’s crazy how Jussie Smollett is out & about, showing his face like that situation never happened. https://t.co/XE9BifUana
— Brandon (@thepizzapopo_) June 26, 2022
Jayda, Ari, Dess, and Lakeyah look a mess everyone on that red carpet looked a mess and why TF is Jussie Smollett there?! Lmao the BET awards makes me cringe
— A Vibe (@Kiyonta_Nechole) June 26, 2022
— TY New N.E.R.D (@NerdsBestFriend) June 26, 2022
— Laticia ™ (@LaticiaD) June 26, 2022
— Bron Urgandy 🇺🇸 (@Tryan1975) June 27, 2022
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