The vicious attack on Empire star Jussie Smollett has left the Black community stunned
According to Chicago police, the actor was hospitalized after being beaten by men, who were shouting homophobic and racist slurs at him. They also put a noose around his neck.
A number of celebrities have taken to social media to send well wishes to Smollett as he recovers. Reportedly, the actor was able to get himself to the hospital after suffering injuries.
Celebs and friends alike have also expressed their confusion, shock, and anger at the ignorance of the attack. See what they had to say below.
Tracee Ellis Ross
“Sending so much love to you, @jussiesmollett. I’m so sorry for what happened to you. I stand with you. I love you, we love you and I’m praying for your heart and your healing. The fact that senseless, racist, homophobic, hateful acts are still happening in 2019 is disgusting and heartbreaking. My prayers go out to Jussie and everyone else suffering from bigoted and violent attacks. Awaiting justice! Actively celebrating light, love, humanity and freedom!”
Mary J. Blige
“Sending Prayers and love to @jussiesmollett ….It’s very sad when you can’t even walk down the street without someone trying to attack you. My prayer is that we all walk in LOVE”
“Sending love to my brother and booski @jussiesmollett . This world was not designed for the real. May them mufuckas who dared disrupt your safety and purpose get their retribution 10X over! I LOVE YOU!” she wrote, adding the hashtag: #makeracistsscaredagain
“JUSSIE I am so sorry this happened to you! YOU ARE A KIND SOUL And a LIGHT to us ALL!!” she wrote, adding the hashtag: #Justice4JUSSIE
“They can try to break you physically, but they can’t break your spirit. To my friend @jussiesmollett , I love you King. I am praying for you and your family. This is reality. America we must do better.”
“You can never dim someone who is the manifestation of light. Sending love to the brilliant human/ artists/ and humanitarian @jussiesmollett I’m at a loss for words, but one thing I know for certain is an act of hate against you, is an act of hate against all of us. We will continue to stand with you.”
“Sending prayers and love to my friend @jussiesmollett! Hate has caused a lot of problems in this world but has not solved one yet! #love #nohate”
“I stand with you @jussiesmollett praying for your speedy recovery. This makes me sick to my stomach. In 2019 THIS IS STILL HAPPENING. Pay attention.”
Tina Knowles Lawson
“I am in shock and despair about this!!! If I hear one more person say that this administration is not Encouraging the boldness Of the racist, sexist, homophobic attitudes in this country I am going to scream! People walking around ignorantly wearing a MAGA hat . And saying that it has nothing to do with anything but making the country great again. This is the kind of crap that happens. Wake up people stop hiding behind this bullshit let’s be real and call it and tell it like it is!! Down with MAGA!! Code word for what???”
I was so upset on the first post that I forgot to say that I am praying for Jussie Who is a great actor and a great person from a great family. God bless him!
Michael B. Jordan
“Stand with my brother @jussiesmollett sending you light and love. Be strong. We got you”