Jussie Smollett was a star of the hit series ‘Empire’ with co-stars Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, a friend of Karamo Brown (Fab Five Member of the Netflix reboot ‘Queer Eye’), and loved by the LGBTQ community for turning his fame into activism.
However, he has been MIA on social media following his ongoing case in which he is accused of staging a hate crime and attack. Though it is all a strange mystery, Jussie Smollett’s fans have offered unwavering support.
Luckily for fans, Smollett has made a bold decision to resurface on his Instagram account amid the national self-isolation in efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 with a cleverly post captioned, “Quarantine day 421…Hope y’all are staying safe. Spread love and kindness… not Rona.” He was accompanied by his piano and blessed fans with the popular vocals that helped him gain fame.
Though his 421 days may be more of a testament to time out of the spotlight rather than his time of quarantine, fans were truly grateful. The post racked up 964,343 views in under three days.
The post came with star-studded support from Cynthia Bailey, Porsha Williams, and Taraji P. Henson. Of course, his sister, ‘Birds of Prey’ star Jurnee Smollett Bell, also showed her support with the comment, “This made me cry. I love you so much boo. Thank you for sharing your light. What a gift you are ❤️❤️❤️”
Award-winning filmmaker and LGBTQ activist Nneka Onuorah also commented on the post. “You have 100 percent of my support! Such a beautiful man and a good heart. Thanks for sharing your gifts,” she wrote.
Jussie Smollett, though shaken by his current situation seems to be holding up fairly well. Though he has not been on social media, his presence is felt as supporters and friends continue to speak out.
In a recent interview, Taraji P. Henson spoke out about the missing element during her filming of the final season of ‘Empire’ – her character Cookie’s son, Jamal Lyon, played by Smollett.
“That character was very important to our show, especially for the LGBT community,” she continues. “So we’re trying to keep him alive without him being there. I know Cookie is…[Be]cause that was her baby. Still is her baby.”
After his allegations, Smollett was removed from the popular Lee Daniels co-created FOX series, short of ending the fifth season and the show is now in its’ second half of the sixth and final season.
Though Smollett is also involved in a countersuit against the City of Chicago, where his attack occurred and he is facing charges, it is unclear how this event will continue to affect his career. While ‘Empire’ wasn’t his first appearance as an entertainer, it seems to certainly be his last for now.