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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Observe a sociopath in action...... watching this interview of Jussie Smollett by Robin Roberts on Good Morning America from a week ago (before the information on his two Nigerian accomplices surfaced). You needn't watch the entire sixteen minutes to get a sense of how sociopaths operate.

Note how heartfelt Smollett's delivery comes across. There's absolutely no sheepishness or furtiveness on his face, and no catch in his voice to betray him.

Note how reasonable and calm he appears.

Note how he characterizes his doubters as "offensive," and "unfair." (There's no better way to put your opponents on defense these days than to claim "offense.")

And listen to Smollett's noble words: "We have the right and responsibility to make something meaningful out of the things that happen to us, good and bad.....I just want members of the LGBTQ community, I just want young black children to know, how strong that they are." (See? He doesn't care about himself, he only wants to do right by the downtrodden!)

Note the tremulous passion in his voice as he says these things.

Note how the tears come to his eyes as he recounts the attack. What a traumatic memory that must be for him! (Sociopaths can summon tears at will, as we have seen here and here.)

Note how gentle he seems. (No wonder Kamala Harris described him that way!)

It's enough to make you want to stand up and chant, "Justice for Jussie!"

That is, if you can suspend your disbelief -- which a number of Presidential candidates were apparently willing and able to do.

One of the giveaways to Smollett's dishonesty is that he repeatedly prefaces his statements with the word "honestly." And at one point, he refers to his doubters as having made "false, inaccurate" statements (one of those words would have sufficed), demonstrating typical sociopathic overuse of adjectives (and sometimes adverbs), as we saw here and here

Note how Smollett tells his doubters, "You don't even want to see the truth," though that advice would actually be better directed at his supporters.

And when Roberts asks him what people need to hear the most, Smollett replies, "I think what people need to hear is the truth. It's just the truth."

The gentleman doth protest too loudly.

Keep in mind, this isn't even a particularly intelligent sociopath. (If he were smarter, he would have come up with a more plausible story.) A smart one is more slippery, and gets further with his lies.

And a really clever one can even get elected President.


Jean-Luc said...

I always appreciate the sociopath posts.

His background seems to be the holy trinity for identity politicking (well it was 10 years ago, now probably need to be some sort of transexual):

> gay, Jewish black man

Which I imagine can lead to confusing, unstable places.

And being a child actor probably doesn't help:

> Smollett began his acting career as a child, appearing in the films The Mighty Ducks (1992) and Rob Reiner's North (1994).

If you told me a gay, Jewish black childhood actor was a bastion of mental health and stability, I'd have my doubts. If you told me he had identity problems and mental health issues, I wouldn't be surprised at all.

> On television, he starred alongside his five real-life siblings in the short-lived ABC sitcom On Our Own from 1994–95.

Also I wonder about his parents: what type of mother and father throws all of their five kids onto a TV show?

He seems to have stopped acting from the mid-1990s to the early-2010s.

Coming out as gay on public forums once you make it on a hit TV show can be suspicious:

> Smollett came out as gay during a televised interview with Ellen DeGeneres in March 2015.

And his homosexuality is more bisexuality:

> Smollett clarified his sexual orientation by stating "If I had to label myself, I would label myself as a gay man." However, he stated his belief that openness to love is more important than gender, revealing that "If I fall in love down the road with a woman, I'm going to love that woman."

> Daniels has stated that "Jussie and I both share the same feeling that, yes, even though we are gay, we're sexual human beings. And we do occasionally want to sleep with a woman." Daniels stated that "We're showing life on Empire", in that both he and Smollett were incorporating their own sexual fluidity as gay men into Empire.[31]

And this sort of "sexual fluidity" some tie to sociopath:

> M. E. Thomas, not unexpectedly, puts her own spin on things, emphasizing plasticity of personality—and bisexuality (or at least, a certain fluidity of gender and sexual preferences)—as two of the more reliable (in her experience) signatures of sociopathy.

He's an interesting case.

Hope you 2019 is going well.

John Craig said...

Jean-Luc --
Thank you. "The holy trinity," well put.

I hadn't realized he was a child actor. You're right, that profession in general doesn't have a great track record as far as encouraging later stability. And I'm sure you're right that that has a lot to do with the kind of stage parents who would try to make money off their kids that way.

I'm going to disagree with you about his sexuality. Homosexuals are always saying things like, "I fell in love with a person who happens to be a man," and other things which are meant to minimize the centrality of their sexuality to their lives. But those statements really don't change anything. But yeah, good point about sociopaths having a more fluid sexuality, that's been well documented.

What's really interesting about Smollett is how his case encompasses so many hot buttons in the culture wars. First, his identity includes, as you put it, the holy trinity. But apart from that he arranged his attack so as to demonize both whites in general and Trump supporters in particular. The little "play" he put on, what with the noose and the "This is MAGA country"-yelling men, may have been heavy-handed, but it pretty much summarized the culture wars. And this is why it seems to be so gratifying to so many people, now that it's been exposed as a hoax. It's almost -- not quite but almost -- as if his little charade has exposed the Left for what it really is. Especially since he got so many Democratic Presidential nominees to express outrage, and since he got the MSM all stirred up at first as well.