March 9, 2019
WHAT WERE YOU THINKING???
Actor Jessu Smollett’s litany of 16 felony counts, while prime headline material for TMZ, is not the strange thing. A second-tier celebrity seeking a shortcut to Hollywood’s brass ring is not the strange thing. An apparent attempt to trump up an episode of fake right-wing terrorism is not the strange thing.
What, then, is the strange thing?
Well, Smollett allegedly paid $3,500 for the privilege of getting his fanny kicked — in Chicago. Yes, the same Chicago with a homicide rate rivaling the Alamo and the Charge of the Light Brigade. Why pay $3,500 when Chicago thugs are thick as thieves and happy to mug you for a dime bag or 10 spot?