At the 2019 Essence Black Woman in Hollywood, InStyle questioned some of Jussie Smollett’s friends including Meagan Good and sister La’Myia.
When asked about “how this news moment will affect him, the people in his orbit and the Black and queer communities at large”, the Good sisters remain cautious and “urged people not to rush to judgement.“
Based off the person that we know and that we’ve gotten to know over the years, we have to preserve judgment because that’s not the person we know. I know people would call us foolish for not jumping on the bandwagon, but I think it’s important in our community to reserve judgment and don’t just be so quick to judge because social media told you this and that.”
Let’s say that it is true. Then, that’s an issue, and that’s an issue that we should not be making fun of. That’s an issue we should be supporting and loving. So I think the way people have handled it is really disgusting.” [The dubiousness around Smollett’s case] doesn’t change the fact that [hate crimes] are happening around the world, and to me, this doesn’t discredit [that].
Read the full article and other celebrities’ reactions here.