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Jussie Smollett of ‘Empire’ gets political in new video
March 17, 2017
NEW YORK — While TV star Jussie Smollett was in the recording studio working on his own music apart from “Empire,” set for release later this year, he couldn’t help but write a song about what’s going in the world, from injustice to President Donald Trump. The black-and-white video features men and women of various ethnicities and highlights injustices, from human and LGBT rights to religious and racial prejudices. Some of Smollett’s “F.U.W.” lyrics focus on Trump and his administration: “Why are we back in the past?/ It’s the same script different cast/ All of these alternative facts/ Catch me outside how about that?/ Why is it so hard to keep hope?/ Who got that popular vote?/ Was the whole thing just a joke?/Was the whole thing just one big joke?” On Wednesday, Trump fired back at rapper Snoop Dogg days after the release of a music video in which he points a toy gun at a clown dressed like Trump and pulls the trigger. The White House did not immediate return a request seeking comment about Smollett’s video, which also features a black man standing in front of a noose, images of barbed wire and two water fountains with “white” and “colored” signs above them. Because the song means so much to me and the message means so much to me, and what we’re going through right now means so much to me, I wanted to do it justice.