So if you haven't heard about this Smollett fellow, the story is that he is a well known actor in some tv program. He appears to have orchestrated a false report of an attack in Chicago he alleged to have been perpetrated by a couple of MAGA cap wearing men whose invective indicated Trump support, racism and identification of Smollett as a homosexual.
Reactions to the problematic allegation was quick, immoderate and unwise...and relished by those whose narrative was served by the story. This is not mere confirmation bias. Nana Mumford wrote in WaPo that she needed the story to be true.
How long before Smollett vows to find the real attackers?