Singer Actor, Jussie Smollett, was brutally assaulted in Chicago outside the Loews Chicago Hotel on Jan. 29, 2019. A thin rope and some chemicals were poured on him. Sources say that this attack was homophobic and racially motivated. A week earlier a letter was sent to the set of the hit television show “Empire,” which contained ethnic and homophobic slurs. Chicago police asked Smollet for his phone for investigation purposes, but refused to leave his phone with him. Further clarification from Smollett says that he was willing to give the police his phone, but he did not want to leave it with them for an extended period of time. Many celebrities and fans have made posts concerning Smollett and have extended their deepest concerns and apologies. Police have found two suspects that might have been involved, but are still looking at surveillance videos from neighboring businesses.
Many of those who have committed hate crimes in most recent months feel more compelled to share their thoughts and opinions towards those who are not like them. They go as far as taking action on said people. People who go against gender norms are constantly being attacked. The only reason why this situation has come to light is because Smollett is famous. Incidents like these occur daily, but go unheard. No one should make a decision to harm or hurt someone based on their race, religion, or sexual orientation because they disagree with they way the other individual lives their life.