News of Jussie Smollett’s arrest has been met with a myriad of memes ridiculing the Empire star for reporting a bogus ‘racist, homophobic’ attack.
Police now believe the actor orchestrated the hoax himself because he was unhappy with his salary on the show and wanted to promote his career.
The 36-year-old turned himself in to Chicago police on Thursday after being indicted for felony disorderly conduct.
Over the past three weeks, investigators have been working to untangle the murky events of January 29, the night Smollett, who is black and gay, told police he had been jumped in downtown Chicago by two masked assailants.
He claimed the two suspects beat him, poured chemicals on him and tied a rope around his neck while hurling racist and homophobic slurs at him.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson slammed Smollett during a Thursday press conference where he said the actor ‘took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career’.
While many social media users echoed Johnson’s sentiments in strongly-worded tweets – others had a much more 2019 method of reacting to the news: memes.
News of Jussie Smollett’s arrest has been met with a myriad of memes ridiculing the Empire star for reporting a ‘racist, homophobic’ attack that police now believe he orchestrated himself. The meme above shows Smollett’s face superimposed over a Scooby Doo villain
One Twitter user placed Smollett’s head over a popular meme of a boy pressing a boot into his own head while pretending to be the victim
Another meme shows Smollett’s face on a Lion King poster where the title has been edited to ‘Lyin King’. The two Nigerian brothers Smollett is accused of paying to assault him, Abel and Ola Osundairo, are featured in the bottom left corner of the meme
A parody of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s Nike campaign shows Smollett’s face with the words: ‘Fight back. Even if you paid them to jump you.’ The Nike slogan has been changed from ‘Just do it’ to ‘Jussie Do It’
In one of the memes, Smollett’s face has been super-imposed over a Scooby Doo villain at the moment that his mask comes off.
Another shows the actor’s face over a popular meme of a boy who appears as though he’s being stepped on in one frame but then in the subsequent frame is revealed to be pressing the boot into his own head.
One user photoshopped a Lion King poster so that Smollett’s face is front and center and the title has been changed to ‘Lyin King’. The two Nigerian brothers Smollett is accused of paying to assault him, Abel and Ola Osundairo, are featured in the bottom left corner of the Lion King poster.
Smollett is compared to old memes in several social media posts, including one that shows Spider Man pointing the finger at himself and Spongebob Squarepants searching for a perpetrator that turns out to be himself.
Responding to allegations that Smollett staged the attack because he was unhappy with his salary, one Twitter user edited a graphic about asking your employer for a raise and added an option that says: ‘Stage a hate crime and LIE to the cops.’
A Twitter user recycled an old Spider Man meme showing the comic book character pointing the finger at himself, as Smollett has allegedly done by reporting an attack he planned
Smollett was also compared to a Spongebob Squarepants meme in which the Nickelodeon character is searching for a perpetrator that turns out to be himself
Responding to allegations that Smollett staged the attack because he was unhappy with his salary, a Twitter user edited a graphic about asking your employer for a raise and added an option that says: ‘Stage a hate crime and LIE to the cops’
Another user dug up one of Smollett’s tweets from two years ago and mocked the fact that Smollett could face time in prison if found guilty of filing a false police report
In the span of three weeks Smollett went from being a seemingly sympathetic hate crime victim to being accused of concocting the entire plot himself.
If convicted of felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report, the actor could face up to three years in prison and be required to reimburse the Chicago Police Department for money it spent investigating the alleged attack.
The investigation took a turn last week after police arrested two Nigerian-descent brothers, Abel and Ola Osundairo, who admitted to helping stage the attack.
Smollett has maintained that he played no role in orchestrating the attack even after having been charged.
Smollett turned himself in to Chicago Police early Thursday to face a charge of making a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck