"I fought the f*ck back."
Jussie Smollett gave his first live performance in Los Angeles since being attacked by two "MAGA supporters." The incident, which is currently being investigated as a hate crime, caused a lot of worry amongst his followers and the general public. After issuing an official statement, the entertainer has provided additional insight during his show at the Troubadour.
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Smollet paused before his encore to address the crowd, beginning his speech with a comparison between his beloved sister and the fierce fictional character, Olivia Pope. Channeling this powerful energy, Jussie made it clear that he will continue to persevere. “I’m not fully healed yet but I’m going to and I’m going to stand strong with y’all. I had to be here tonight," he said. "I couldn’t let those motherfuckers win! I will always stand for love. Regardless of what anyone else says, I will only stand for love."
Jussie also clarified some details that have been misrepresented in the media. "I was bruised but my ribs were not cracked. They were not broken. I went to the director immediately," he offered. "I was not hospitalized. Both my doctors in L.A. and Chicago cleared me to perform but said to take care, obviously and, above all, I fought the f*ck back.” He then paused and said, "I'm the gay Tupac."
The Empire actor also added some words of encouragement for his community: “Be as Black, be as proud, be as gay… Now is the time. Be Blacker. Be gayer!”