Jussie Smollett Performs and Says 'I Couldn't Let Those Motherf*****s Win' https://t.co/EXe8iTomDP— TMZ (@TMZ) February 3, 2019
Jussie Smollettt took the stage for his planned show at L.A.'s famed Troubadour club on Saturday night, and before he began singing to the packed crowd of 400, he spoke generally about the racist and homophobic attack he suffered in the early hours of last Tuesday morning in Chicago. Video at source.
Tearing up and repeatedly overcome with emotion as he tried to speak, Smollett was encouraged by the supportive crowd ('Take your time, baby!') as he said:
"I have so many words on my heart that I want to say. The most important thing that I can say is [inaudible] 'thank you so much and I'm OK'. I forget, I want to say so much. I'm not fully healed yet, but I'm going to [be], and I'm gonna stand strong with y'all.
It sounds - I had to be here tonight, it sounds proud, but I couldn't let those motherf***ers win. So I will always stand for love. I will never stand for anything other than that. Regardless of what anyone else says, I will always stand for love and I hope that you all stand with me."