Jussie Smollett, the “Empire” actor who claimed that he was attacked by two supporters of President Donald J. Trump because he is gay and black, refused to allow “Empire” staff to cast a white boyfriend for his character, Jamal.
“There was talk about Jamal having a white boyfriend,” Smollett said at the time. “And I said, ‘F*** no!’ Not for any reason, except we have a responsibility and we have a such a beautiful opportunity to show two black men in a relationship together, in a healthy relationship.”
Smollett has personally been engulfed in controversy for the past two weeks.
He claimed that two men shouting “this is MAGA country” beat him, tied a rope around his neck, and covered him in bleach during a 2 a.m. attack in his swanky Chicago neighborhood. Naturally, the media ran with the story, anxious to cast Trump supporters in a negative light.
Since then, police have reviewed hundreds of hours of surveillance tape from the incident and have not been able to identify any subjects in the alleged attack. Smollett said he was on the phone with his manager at the time, but has refused to turn unredacted phone records over to the police for examination.
Meanwhile, some of his neighbors have publicly doubted the story, and Smollett has hired a “crisis manager,” along with the PR firm for disgraced former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein to deal with the media in the wake of alleged attack.
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HMM: Actress Rosario Dawson Comes Out as Lesbian Just One Month After She ‘Dated’ Cory Booker
Was she his beard?
Actress Rosario Dawson has officially come out as lesbian, just a month after “dating” Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) during his dismal presidential campaign.
“People kept saying that I [came out]… I didn’t do that,” she said during a recent interview with Bustle. “I mean, it’s not inaccurate, but I never did come out come out. I mean, I guess I am now.”
Dawson claims she has only been in relationships with men up until this point, so she didn’t feel comfortable coming out of the closet officially until now.
“I’ve never had a relationship in that space, so it’s never felt like an authentic calling to me,” she said.
She said that her time with Booker forced her to be introspective and discover the truth about her sexuality, which made her comfortable about coming out as a lesbian.
“It’s the first time I felt like I had to be responsible about my choice of love, which is a challenging thing to do,” Dawson said. “If you fall in love, you fall in love. But there’s another aspect I had to consider: what this meant in [putting] a microscope on my family and particularly on my daughter.”
Just last month, Dawson was still keeping up the facade with Booker after he announced that he suspended his presidential campaign.
“Cory, you continue to inspire me everyday,” Dawson tweeted at Booker after he announced his campaign was finished. “On this journey you and your remarkable team have represented the best in us and I know you will continue to. Thank you. I see you. I love you.”
Dawson and Booker began their relationship in early 2019 conveniently before presidential primary season was scheduled to begin, which fueled rumors that Dawson was Booker’s “beard,” a slang term for a woman who poses as a phony girlfriend or wife for a closeted homosexual. She kept awkwardly professing her love for Booker as “beard” rumors were persisting wildly over the internet and social media.
“I’m in love! I am absolutely in love, and it is so exciting,” Dawson said of Booker last year.
“Look, both of us, you know, we’ve had relationships,” Booker said of his lesbian Hollywood girlfriend, “but I’m not sure if I’ve ever fully given myself over to a relationship as much as I have with her and allowed myself to be as vulnerable.”
“I mean, gosh, that night we talked for hours and hours,” he added. “I had trouble asking for her phone number… I think I said something really stupid like, ‘Uh, how would I get in touch with you?’ And she mercifully said something like, ‘Oh, you want my phone number?’ And my insides were like, ‘Hell, yeah!'”
Twitter users were not convinced by the show that the supposed lovers were putting on.
How much money are they paying Rosario Dawson to be Corey Booker's beard? Any guesses?
— Michael (@trendy) March 15, 2019
Rosario Dawson is pretty much a professional beard. Enough said.
And this is not a putdown of Cory Booker, as I'm a gay man myself. I want him to come out. He shouldn't have to hide.
— Hugh Michael Horace Dancy-Evans (@FakingDancy) March 14, 2019
Rosario Dawson is taking one for the team. Pretending to be Cory Booker's girlfriend. In old Hollywood these women were called Beards.
— nelliestirs (@nelliestirs) October 11, 2019
Rosario Dawson and Cory Booker are one of the least convincing I’ve ever seen. I don’t get it, he could’ve at chosen a beard he has chemistry with
— Alex (@XandryNicole) October 10, 2019
Idk, getting Rosario Dawson to be his beard is pretty impressive..
— 9Circles (@9Circles9) October 16, 2019
Rosario Dawson with Cory Booker is a publicity thing nothing more. Dare I say she's his beard. When the election is over they'll mysteriously "part ways"
— 🇪🇹MEEK MANDELA🇪🇹 (@NEGUSNGOLANKOSI) October 16, 2019
The fact that Dawson has come out as a lesbian, and presumably ended her reported relationship with Booker, shortly after the end of his presidential campaign will only add additional fuel to the rumors that have plagued Booker for decades.
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