Social media users are having a field day with the Jussie Smollett situation now that the actor’s been arrested and charged with filing a false police report.
“The Lyin King,” reads one of the countless memes and posts that’s been making the internet rounds over the past two days.
An image showing Smollett’s face on a “Lion King” poster — in place of Mufasa’s — accompanies it.
“Liar-nel Richie,” reads another meme, which was posted by rapper Snoop Dogg and shows Smollett’s face in place of Lionel Richie’s on the cover of his self-titled album.
“Believe in something. Even if it didn’t happen,” another says, poking fun at recent Nike ads.
“Jussie Do It.”
Social media users started going to town on Smollett earlier this week as reports began emerging about his racist attack story being a possible hoax. They turned up the heat on Wednesday and Thursday after the actor was charged in Chicago.
“We all make mistakes Jussie. Don’t beat yourself up over it,” says one of the many memes to go viral.
“All liez on me,” another reads, in reference to a statement that Smollett made following the alleged attack that he claims to have suffered late last month, calling himself the “gay Tupac.”
Rapper 50 Cent — who is an executive producer for the Starz show “Power” — shared the image on his Instagram page, along with several other posts ridiculing the embattled “Empire” star.
“He getting ready to tell the DA [that “Empire” creator Lee Daniels] knew what [Smollett] was doing the whole time,” blasted Fitty in a post showing Smollett’s mugshot.
Imitating the 36-year-old actor, Fitty said: “He told me it would help Empire’s rating. That POWER show on STARZ was too good. LOL Emanuel Gonzalez #shootemonsight.”
The Gonzalez that Fitty appears to be referring to is NYPD Deputy Inspector Emmanuel Gonzalez, head of the 72nd Precinct in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park.
The two got caught up in a public beef, of sorts, early last year after one of Fitty’s acquaintances got his hip-hop club raided. The rap mogul was at one point investigated over an IG post where he appeared to threaten Gonzalez, saying: “Get the strap.”
Earlier this week, cops began probing a series of orders that Gonzalez allegedly gave to his officers — demanding that they “shoot” Fitty “on sight.”
Responding to the Smollett situation, the rapper on Wednesday wrote: “Commander Emanuel Gonzalez would say, if you see him shoot him on sight.”
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