Ever since the sympathy for Jussie Smollett turned into shame, many fans that once admired him have been calling for him to be cancelled. This includes POWER star Naturi Naughton. They are both nominated at the upcoming NAACP Image Awards and she feels like since he was accused of staging a hate crime, more than just his nomination at this year’s awards should be revoked.
“I’m a fan and I love him, but if anyone else was indicted on 16 counts for committing a hoax would you want to have them represent the NAACP?,” she told TMZ. “That’s not what NAACP stands for so I feel like he should kinda get cancelled.”
Smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct after he was accused of staging a hate crime where he accused two men of attacking him on January 29th and yelling gay and racist slurs at him. After being arrested and charged, he was cut from the last two episodes of the latest season of Empire. Last week, his charges were surprisingly dismissed.
Naughton went on to say that just because the charges were dropped it doesn’t mean he is innocent.
“I can’t believe they dropped all the counts but that’s what money and power will do for you,” she said.
Smollett won’t be attending the NAACP Image Awards tonight and it was also revealed that he won’t be winning anything either. ABC News reported that Smollett lost the award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series to Jesse Williams.