Jussie Smollett already had a show scheduled at the Troubadour in the West Hollywood area of Los Angeles before he was attacked on Jan. 29 in a racist and homophobic hate crime. Fortunately, his doctors gave him the okay to perform. The actor and singer passionately spoke to the audience last night and even said, “I’m the gay 2Pac.”
The 35-year-old started by clearing up rumors that have been circulating in the media, “I was bruised but my ribs were not cracked. They were not broken. I went to the director immediately. 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.” The crowd cheered as Jussie paused and then added, “I’m the gay 2pac,” according to the BBC.
He also said, “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. I couldn’t let those motherf***ers win! I will always stand for love. Regardless of what anyone else says, I will only stand for love.”
He continued, “Be as Black, be as proud, be as gay… Now is the time. Be Blacker, be gayer!” See the clip below:
Even though Smollett was a victim of assault, the Chicago Police Department apparently felt comfortable leaking information about the investigation and casting suspicion on the actor. First, a police spokesperson said there was no footage of the assailants, then hours later there were two “persons of interest.”
The Chicago Police Department has also reported two different descriptions of the suspects. TMZ wrote that Jussie never said the men were wearing MAGA hats, only that they screamed “MAGA country.”