Now that it’s been confirmed that Jussie Smollett’s lied his ass off about being attacked by Trump supporters, we knew it wouldn’t be long before comedians started parodying the whole situation. And first up is The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
The Daily Show, which airs weeknights on Comedy Central, put together a fake Lifetime-esque movie trailer mocking Jussie’s “attack” and how it came to be, starring look-a-like Jaboukie Young-White as Smollett.
The hilarious trailer takes viewers through every stage of Smollett’s staged attack, from him being insulted after he was given $60,000 for working “three days this week” to not being taken seriously after creating a fake death-threat letter that says “I’m going to kill me,” to plotting out the hoax with his Nigerian trainer friends, and eventually clumsily carrying the fake attack out.
The trailer even features a dramatic shot of a Subway sandwich falling to the ground. And in the end, Jussie (Jaboukie) holds a rope as he looks into the camera and says “I’m the gay Tupac.” Pure hilarity all around, tbh.
Jussie Smollett was arrested Thursday and charged with felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report. He was released on $100,000 bond and faces up to three years in jail if convicted. He still maintains his innocence.
The woman in the video appears to be porn star Riley Reid, who has been spotted with Lil Pump randomly over the past several months. On the rapper’s 18th birthday, she tweeted: “Now I can legally f**k @lilpump.”
R. Kelly’s mugshot has been released by the Chicago Police Department after the singer-songwriter surrendered to police Friday night (Feb. 22).
This comes after a no-bail warrant for his arrest was issued following Kelly’s indictment on charges 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse spanning from 1998 to 2010 involving underage girls.
R. Kelly, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, arrived at the 1st district police station at approximately 8:14 p.m. CT Friday in a black van wearing a hoodie under a blue puffer jacket.
He was met with a swarm of reporters who asked him questions like “What do you have to say to your fans?” and “What do you have to say to the black women of Chicago?”
Kelly, who tried to keep his head low, didn’t respond, and when he reached the building, he was handcuffed and led away by police.
The indictment accuses the 52-year-old of sexual acts with three children older than 13 but younger than 17. There is no age range listed for one of the alleged victims. The charges also accuse Kelly of using force or the threat of force.
Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, described him as an innocent man.
“I think all the women are lying,” Greenberg said. “Mr. Kelly is strong, he’s got a lot of support and he’s going to be vindicated on all these charges — one by one if it has to be.”
According to CBS Chicago reporter Vi Nguyen, R. Kelly is now in the custody of the sheriff. He’s being kept separate from other inmates because of the high profile case. His bond hearing is scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
A Cook County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson tells me R. Kelly is now in the sheriff’s custody. The singer is being kept separate from other inmates because of the high profile case. His bond hearing is scheduled for this afternoon. @cbschicago
A shocking video showing a dog violently attacking a mail carrier in Detroit has gone viral on social media.
The six-minute video, which was originally shared on Facebook Friday (Feb. 22) by a man named Oneil Colley, apparently shot from inside a vehicle (presumably Colley’s), shows a dog biting and pulling on the Detroit mailman by his foot. The dog’s jaws appear to be locked onto the man, and he refuses to let go.
Several people tried to stop the dog from attacking the man, including a woman who hit the canine with a broomstick and Colley hitting it over the head with a trashcan. At the beginning of the clip, a man can be seen trying to slap the dog with his hands.
About a minute into the video, the dog lets go of the mailman’s leg only to grab him by the hand and latch onto him once again.
The dog eventually lets go of the mail carrier off camera, but not before Colley has to take extreme measures by beating the dog repeatedly with metal tools as the mail carrier screamed in the background.
The man from the beginning of the video who was slapping the dog tries to come to the rescue with what appears to be a leash, but the dog overpowers him and the man takes off running.
The dog eventually collapses to the ground and appears to be badly injured. But then he gets up and starts to run after the older woman with the broom as the mailman yells to her: “Miss Lucas, go!”
“Go in the house, oh Jesus!” Oneil says right before he drops his phone on the floor of his vehicle. He yells at someone to “Get her [Miss Lucas] in the house!”
When Oneil picks his phone up, he says he’s going to call 911 because the mailman clearly needs an ambulance at this point. “Let me call the ambulance ’cause you the government bro, I ain’t going nowhere, I’m right here,” Oneil says to the mailman, who thanks him, and the video ends.
You can watch the footage here, but be warned that it is VERY GRAPHIC, language and content-wise. VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
A Detroit Fire Department spokesperson told WXYZ-TV Detroit that the mailman was bleeding from his hand and his knee was banged up. They also said that the dog bit through his boot, but they didn’t reveal the full extent of his injuries.
A spokesperson for the United States Postal Service said they’re investigating the incident internally and also working with Detroit police.
“We are deeply grateful to the concerned citizens who came to the aid of our letter carrier,” the USPS spokesperson said. “Unfortunately attacks such as this provide the postal service an opportunity to remind dog owners that it is their responsibility to restrain their pet in order to avoid attacks against our employees while they are in performance of their duties.”
USPS said there are ways dog owners can make sure attacks like this don’t happen, like keeping dogs in a separate room and closing the door when a mail carrier delivers a package, and also teaching kids and family members not take mail directly when a pet is nearby, and more.
USPS also said that if a mail carrier feels threatened, they have the right to refuse delivery and ask the homeowner to pick their mail up at a nearby post office.
The dog’s owner spoke to WXYZ-TV, and she said that she wasn’t at home at the time of the incident, and that Boss Hog (the dog) was accidentally let out by her nephew (the man in the video with the “leash”) when he opened the door to leave the house.
The woman said her nephew couldn’t find an actual leash so he tried to put a belt around the dog’s neck as a substitute, but as you can see in the video, that clearly didn’t work because the dog started going after him and he took off running.
The woman said prior to this incident she’s never had any issues with Boss Hog, who she said she bought from a breeder in 2012, but she still decided to give him to animal control. She said she’ll find out within the next week or so what Boss Hog’s fate will be.
The mailman was hospitalized with injuries to his hand, foot, and knee, but he’s expected to be OK.
The singer, who arrived in a black van with his attorney Steve Greenberg and a few other men (and one woman), tried to keep his head low and refused to answer any questions as he made his way to the station.
One reporter asked Kelly “What do you say to the black women in Chicago?” to which his lawyer replied: “That’s an offensive question!”
PETA is under fire after the animal rights organization criticized Google’s Doodle tribute to Steve Irwin.
Today (Fri, Feb. 22) marks what would have been Irwin’s 57th birthday, and Google honored him by giving him a Google Doodle on the search engine giant’s front page. The Doodle featured an animated slideshow showing the Crocodile Hunter’s life, work, family and dedication to the protection of Australian wildlife.
Legendary wildlife conservationist and television personality Steve Irwin is being remembered on what would have been his 57th birthday. https://t.co/dMUSKERyLW
PETA, however, had thoughts about Google’s Steve Irwin Doodle tribute. And not good ones either. The group said in a statement via Twitter that Google’s animation honoring Irwin sent a “dangerous, fawning message” because they didn’t approve of Irwin’s work with animals.
“Steve Irwin was killed while harassing a [stingray],” PETA wrote. “He dangled his baby while feeding a crocodile and wrestled wild animals who were minding their own business. Today’s Google Doodle sends a dangerous, fawning message. Wild animals are entitled to be left alone in their natural habits.”
#SteveIrwin was killed while harassing a ray; he dangled his baby while feeding a crocodile & wrestled wild animals who were minding their own business. Today’s #GoogleDoodle sends a dangerous, fawning message. Wild animals are entitled to be left alone in their natural habitats. https://t.co/9JfJiBhGLw
The comments from the group, which is known for being very outspoken when it comes to their views against any form of animal cruelty, sparked backlash on social media and made “PETA” a worldwide trending topic on Twitter.
“Saw PETA was trending and I figured that couldn’t be good,” one Twitter user wrote. “But I was not prepared for them to be disrespecting Steve Irwin. The Irwin family are angels and Steve’s death was a tragedy. Also a tragedy: the continued existence of PETA.”
Saw PETA was trending and I figured that couldn't be good. But I was not prepared for them to be disrespecting Steve Irwin. The Irwin family are angels and Steve's death was a tragedy. Also a tragedy: the continued existence of PETA. pic.twitter.com/ymD4qxvIXa
Steve Irwin and his family reclaim land for animals and run a massive wildlife rescue. His life mission was to save animals and educate people about them. I’m one of many vegetarians who rip out their hair when @peta weighs in. Shame on you. https://t.co/m4fdNymjao
Never mind what charity work he did for endangered animals, the funds he raised, animals he helped, the people he educated.. he was a brilliant person who did so much for so many people and animals. @peta you are wrong to disrespect such a wonderful man.
PETA President Ingrid Newkirk said in a statement to Daily Mail Australia Friday: “PETA must ask who commissioned these dangerous, hagiographic cartoons of a man who died while harassing a stingray, dangled his baby while feeding a crocodile, and ‘wrestled’ wild animals who were minding their own business.”
She added: “This fawning, ignorant tribute is a slap in the face to the vast majority of people who acknowledge that wild animals are entitled to be left alone in their natural habitats.”
The group also maintained their stance against Irwin on Twitter, writing: “Steve Irwin’s actions were not on target with his supposed message of protecting wildlife. A real wildlife expert & someone who respects animals for the individuals they are leaves them to their own business in their natural homes.”
PETA continued: “It is harassment to drag exotic animals, including babies taken from their mothers, around from TV talk shows to conferences & force them to perform as Steve Irwin did. Animals deserve to live as they want to, not as humans demand—the #GoogleDoodle should represent that.”
It is harassment to drag exotic animals, including babies taken from their mothers, around from TV talk shows to conferences & force them to perform as Steve Irwin did. Animals deserve to live as they want to, not as humans demand––the #GoogleDoodle should represent that.
Go ahead and talk bad about a man who never killed, by these numbers it seems that you don’t believe that animals should live as they want to either. You say that looking at a dog wrong is animal abuse while you euthanized over 70% of the animals you took in. pic.twitter.com/7ppxxfLwF0
R. Kelly voluntarily turned himself in to the custody of Chicago police Friday night (Feb. 22), AP reports, after he was charged for sexually abusing four girls—at least three of whom were minors.
As we previously reported, Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving underage girls.
Records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times revealed that most of the counts the embattled R&B singer was charged with involved girls who were between the ages of 13 and 16 at the time the alleged sexual abuse occurred, which prosecutors say was between 1998 and 2010.
Prosecutors said of the 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, nine of them involve alleged victims ranging in age from 13 to 16 years old. There are four alleged victims in total and one of them is the subject of four different counts.
A judge issued a no-bail warrant for Kelly’s arrest early Friday because the singer is a flight risk and would have likely tried to leave the country after posting bail in an extreme effort to evade the law.
R. Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, told the Associated Press that his client was “extraordinarily disappointed and depressed” by the aggravated sexual abuse indictment involving underage girls. Greenberg also said Kelly was “shell-shocked” over the charges.
Greenberg said Kelly maintains his innocence and is looking forward to being acquitted at trial.
R. Kelly has dealt with allegations of sex crimes for two decades. Friday’s indictment marks the first time he’s been charged with a sex crime since he was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008.
The new charges against Robert Kelly come one week after it was revealed that a new videotape emerged that allegedly shows Kelly engaging in multiple sex acts with a 14-year-old girl.
Each count brought against the singer-songwriter is a Class 2 felony, which can be punished by at least three to seven years in prison or probation.
Stand-up comedian Brody Stevens has died by suicide. He was 48 years old.
According to The Blast, which broke the sad news, Stevens—who was born Steven James Brody—was found dead Friday (Feb. 22) around 1:00 p.m. in his home in Los Angeles.
The Blast reported that the comedic actor’s cause of death was being investigated as a suicide by hanging.
According to our sources, LAPD was dispatched to the scene and investigators spoke with his family. The Blast obtained audio from the emergency dispatchers, where officials described the scene as a “hanging.”
A rep for Brody Stevens tells The Blast, “Brody was an inspiring voice who was a friend to many in the comedy community. He pushed creative boundaries and his passion for his work and his love of baseball were contagious. He was beloved by many and will be greatly missed. We respectfully ask for privacy at this time.”
Brody Stevens was very well known as a stand-up comic from Los Angeles and for his oddball comedy. He regularly performed at clubs around L.A., including The Comedy Store.
He also bit some bit parts in big movies like “The Hangover” and “The Hangover II.” Below he appears as a police officer in a hilarious scene from the first film.
Stevens also created his own Comedy Central series “Brody Stevens: Enjoy It!” with his friend, “Hangover” star Zach Galifianakis. He was also an avid baseball fan and even played the sport in college as a pitcher at Arizona State University until he injured his elbow.
Stevens had struggled with mental health issues in the past, and he was hospitalized in 2011 after having a manic bipolar episode in which he said during a Twitter meltdown “I’m off Lexapro and I have a gun in my mouth! Do you believe me?” and got into a verbal altercation with a random stranger at Starbucks.
Stevens, who was very open about his problems with depression, recently expressed disappointment at the negative reactions to a comedy special he taped.
Sources close to Stevens’ circle told The Blast that he’s been taking care of his mother in Palm Springs, California for
Greenberg said before the charges were filed, he offered to sit down with Chicago prosecutors to discuss why he considered the charges “baseless,” but they refused.
Greenberg said Kelly maintains his innocence and is looking forward to being acquitted at trial.
Michael Avenatti, a well-known attorney who said he recently sent a videotape of R. Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old girl to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, is representing at least one of the girls that were included in the indictment.
Avenatti declined to identify his client, who he said was a minor at the time of the alleged abuse.
Avanatti said that the video he provided shows two separate scenes on two separate days at Kelly’s residence at the time during the late 1990s. Avenatti said both the victim and Kelly referenced her age 10 times in the video.
Avenatti also said that he believes more than 10 people associated with Kelly—including his agents, bodyguards and other workers—should be criminally charged as “enablers” who “turned a blind eye” to his alleged sexual abuse of underage girls.
Asked if he had a message to R. Kelly, Avenatti said: “It is high-time that you face justice for the conduct you have engaged in for over two decades and don’t count on getting out of prison.”
Producers for Empire announced early Friday (Feb. 22) that Jussie Smollett’s character Jamal Lyon would not appear in the final two episodes of the show after his cast mates made it clear that they want nothing to do with him after his arrest for lying to police about being attacked by racist, homophobic Trump supporters.
And now, reports suggest producers for the hit Fox series are considering bringing in a new actor to replace Smollett instead of simply writing his character out of the show.
According to TV Line, showrunner Lee Daniels—who loosely based the Jamal Lyon character on his own life—is a “strong proponent of the recast option.”
Fox said in a statement earlier today about Smollett’s Season 5 ousting: “The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us. Jussie has been an important member of our EMPIRE family for the past five years and we care about him deeply. While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out.
“We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of ‘Jamal’ from the final two episodes of the season.”
Fox added that Lee Daniels and his team of executive producers—including Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo, and Dennis Hammer—all agreed that it would be best to remove Jussie from the Season 5 finale.
Smollett, who has played Jamal Lyon on the Fox drama since its debut four years ago in January 2015, was turned himself in to Chicago police Thursday after he was hit with a felony criminal charge of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report in connection to last month’s alleged hate crime attack.
Chicago police said in a press conference Thursday that Smollett paid two men, Nigerian brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo, to stage the attack because he was unhappy with his Empire salary.
TMZ reported that Smollett changed his number “because certain pissed off cast members were blowing up his phone,” and he only gave his new number out to the people who still support him.
Not long after his arrest Thursday, the actor’s legal team released a statement saying: “Today we witnessed an organized law enforcement spectacle that has no place in the American legal system. The presumption of innocence, a bedrock in the search for justice, was trampled upon at the expense of Mr. Smollett and notably, on the eve of a Mayoral election.
“Mr. Smollett is a young man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence and feels betrayed by a system that apparently wants to skip due process and proceed directly to sentencing.”