On Tuesday, the openly gay Empire star Jussie Smollett was attacked in Chicago by two who yelled racial and homophobic slurs as well as the words "MAGA country." According to police reports, one of the men attempted to tie a noose around Smollett's neck, and they poured bleach on him. This can be described as nothing short of a vile hate crime.
Luckily, Smollett was able to check himself into Northwestern Hospital, and is currently in good condition. While it's a relief that Smollett is recovering physically, the overt hatred and violence hurled at him is a dark signifier of the hostile way America treats LGBTQ people of color.
In response to the news, a lot of celebrities have been speaking out and sending their love and support to the actor.