The news that the charges against “Empire” star Jussie Smollett have been dropped drew strong reactions on both sides of the issue online Tuesday.
The official Twitter account of the “Empire” writers’ room celebrated the news, tweeting a photo of the news being announced and the message “See y’all Wednesday.” Others accused the actor and musician of calling in political favors in order to get the charges dropped, with some accusing former President Barack Obama of intervening on Smollett’s behalf. Another said that both Smollett and the Chicago police department had damaged their reputations during the investigation.
Read more reactions below.
— Empire Writers (@EmpireWriters) March 26, 2019
I’ll just put this right here. https://t.co/XVnDr9PraL
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) March 26, 2019
TOLD YALL https://t.co/kE4WzjKTy1
— Streams Of Thought Vol 3 available NOW (@questlove) March 26, 2019
Something tells me that Trump fans won't be so quick to accept the "exoneration" of Jussie Smollett.
— Caroline Orr Bueno (@RVAwonk) March 26, 2019
I'm sure the discussion on Twitter dot com today regarding Jussie Smollett and the clearing of charges against him will be nuanced, salient, and purposeful.
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) March 26, 2019
Two reputations damaged here. Smollett and the Chicago PD. https://t.co/XCfIxnfVpL
— Craig Melvin (@craigmelvin) March 26, 2019
I can't quite put my finger on it… but I feel like Jussie Smollett had a Chicago PD "Get of Jail Free Card." pic.twitter.com/HR4vxxAIxZ
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) March 26, 2019
Jussie Smollett proves no specific race is exclusive to privilege. No, privilege happens when you have connections and money. A lot of it.
— Britt McHenry (@BrittMcHenry) March 26, 2019
I'm tryna really understand what's happening with this Jussie Smollett case like what the fuck is real
— 😼 (@rxbendxniel) March 26, 2019