After being charged with a class 4 felony and being released on $100,000 bail, Jussie Smollett agreed to sit down with me at a hipster cafe in downtown Chicago.
“I really screwed up,” Smollett told me. “I had a vision, but I just knew something was missing. Here was this angry white man, just looking for a black man to beat up. And here I was, an angry black man just looking for a white man to beat me up. How could I have not seen it?
I advised Smollett to not beat himself up about the misstep but he positively beside himself.
Later, I caught up with Liam Neeson via telephone. Neeson admitted to me that he regrets that Smollett did not reach out to him. “Had I known that Jussie was planning something like this, of course I would have helped! It’s right up my alley. I’ve been searching for a black bastard to punch for many years now. We all missed out on a wonderful opportunity to learn,” he said.
Both Smollett and Neeson acknowledged that they would love to work together in the future on a similar project.