The rapper and reality star shared his thoughts about the “Empire” actors alleged hate crime on a recent episode of his podcast “State Of The Culture.”
He opened with going over the news about his attack.
“[He] was allegedly brutally attacked recently in Chicago by ‘MAGA terrorists.’ They broke his ribs, they put a noose about his neck, they poured bleach on him and called him derogatory names. The FBI is on the case now but it has confirmed that a letter was previously sent to a FOX studio that contained threatening language and a powdery substance said to be Tylenol.”
According to Hip New Hop News, while his co-hosts attempted to make the point that since President Trump has been elected that has been an uptick in hate and bias crimes committed over the years.
Yet, Budden, who has been accused of domestic violence himself, refuses to believe Jussie’s version because he cannot fathom the idea that any Black man could wear a noose on his neck for 45 minutes after being attacked. The 38-year-old also made fun of the threatening letter allegedly sent to FOX saying it looked “like some bulls**t I saw in Austin Powers.”
While Budden says that he believes that Jussie was attacked, he isn’t sold on the idea that it was a hate crime.
“Famous rich people, when bad things happen and they want to cover the story because famous people to fuck shit sometimes like humans,” Joe stressed.
“You cover the story to protect your image, your likeness and your career.”
He concluded that Jussie may be preying on the emotions of the community to garner support and sympathy.
“I’m waiting for footage. Just show me footage and I’ll shut the fuck up,” he said.
Not surprisingly, some of Budden’s fans agreed with him, believing that Jussie’s story isn’t adding up:
However, there were also people who disagreed with Budden, asking their own questions about why folks are so quick to invalidate the pain Black LGBTQ folks face:
Budden isn’t the only Black celeb to publicly question the validity of Jussie’s attack.
Recently, Azealia Banks posted on social media that this is nothing but “propaganda.”
“Sorry…this is all promotion for the next season of empire/propaganda to make sure black for the DNC next go round,” she wrote in her IG Stories.
“Loads of black people didn’t vote at all in the 2016 election which worked in Trump’s favor.”
Meanwhile, the Chicago Police Department are still looking for the two men involved in the attack.
Black Twitter Uplifts Jussie Smollett After Being Brutally Attacked By MAGA Supporters
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Lee Daniels is breaking his silence about the racist and homophobic attack on Jussie Smollett: “You are better than that. We are better than that. America is better than that.” pic.twitter.com/Z4IwhOEO5L— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) January 29, 2019
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DEAR GOD! Prayers and justice for Jussie Smollett.— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) January 29, 2019
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LGBTQ folks are not too sensitive— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) January 29, 2019
We are literally faced with violence for simply existing as we are.
SOMEONE ATTACKED JUSSIE SMOLLETT. DO YALL GET IT NOW?
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“Possible”??— Jayce Baron (@JayceBaron) January 29, 2019
This was a PLANNED racist and homophobic attack because Jussie black and openly gay.
People don’t carry bleach, ropes, and ski masks around Chicago in the middle off the night. https://t.co/NsxVBn1Oo7
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Everybody who was calling LGBTQIA+ folx “sensitive” some weeks ago can absolutely eat shit. I mean that.— Clarkisha (@IWriteAllDay_) January 29, 2019
Because ain’t nobody overreacting. In fact, our unique intersections at race, gender, and orientation make it so that we are UNDERreacting.
Is it clicking now??? Hmm???
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Jussie Smollett has been someone I’ve always admired using his celebrity and platform for good. I wish light and healing for him and his family. Also that his assailants will be brought to justice.— Rebecca Theodore-Vachon (@FilmFatale_NYC) January 29, 2019
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Sending prayers and healing to @JussieSmollett and his family. And praying for all of us who are survivors of homophobic and transphobic violence for whom this triggers so much. 😞😞😞— Yolo Akili (@YoloAkili) January 29, 2019
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I'm fighting back tears on the bus, I'm so angry but I don't know what to do.— Carolyn Hinds 🇧🇧 - Respect Black Women (@CarrieCnh12) January 29, 2019
Don't tell me racism is dead, ITS NOT. Its alive and well in North America, and the media, politicians and celebrities are perpetuating and giving it a platform.
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We ALL have a responsibility to rise up against the ignorance and hate out there. If you know who did this to @JussieSmollett, REPORT THEM TO THE POLICE.— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) January 29, 2019
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Prayers up for @JussieSmollett. People think wealth stops all forms of violence. It doesn’t stop the intersection of racism and homophobia — never has and definitely not in this hostile climate. Being a Black queer man is hard enough. Be safe everyone. ❤️— Preston Mitchum, he/him (@PrestonMitchum) January 29, 2019
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Sending love and light to @JussieSmollett.💋✨ This has to stop. We need our Country back.❤️— Debbie Allen (@msdebbieallen) January 29, 2019
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Anyone trying to ignore the fact that Jussie Smollett is BOTH Black & gay need to sit down.— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) January 29, 2019
This was a racially-motivated homophobic attack.
They called him racial slurs AND homophobic ones.
He carries BOTH identities and white supremacists made it a point to target both.
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Sending love to Jussie and his loved ones. 🙏🏽— Raquel Willis (@RaquelWillis_) January 29, 2019
The hate that fuels white supremacy is the same hate that fuels homophobia. A conscientious society realizes it’s at war with both. https://t.co/hXo56SRDYj
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Given what we’ve seen so far, I fully expect the men who attacked Jussie Smollett to score a sit-down interview with Ellen at some point in the next few weeks. Maybe it will be a roundtable discussion with Kevin Hart.— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) January 29, 2019
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Do not separate Jussie Smollett’s blackness from his queerness here.— Boo Orleans Lady (@IfIWereMagneto) January 29, 2019
He wasn’t attacked just because he is black nor was he attacked just because he is gay.
He was attacked because he is both black and gay at the same time.
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This is why holding “a little homophobic joke” accountable is taken so FREAKING SERIOUSLY. To quote @amandaseales, you have to be overly confident...black gay men have to deal w/ not only racism but homophobia.” It is always abt duality and a form of respect. @JussieSmollett 🖤🖤 https://t.co/vzyZMzNHWB— Ryan Jamaal Swain (@RyanJamaal) January 29, 2019
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To my brother @JussieSmollett I’m praying for your strength not only physically but that spiritually and mentally you recover from this tragedy. You are a King. 🙏🏾— Danielle Brooks (@thedanieb) January 29, 2019
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The attack on Jussie Smollett was allegedly by MAGA white supremacists. This is exactly why we need to be defending ALL Black people.— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) January 29, 2019
These people don't care if you're a woman, LGBTQ, or heterosexual. They want us dead. We can't let anyone force us against ourselves.
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If only congress had funded that wall to protect Jussie Smollett from the white terrorists who broke his rib, called him n****r and f*ggot, poured bleach on him and put a noose around his neck while shouting "this is MAGA country".— Travon Free (@Travon) January 29, 2019
Joe Budden On Jussie Smollett Hate Crime: ‘Show Me Footage And I’ll Shut TF Up’ was originally published on hellobeautiful.com