(CNSNews.com) – “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett lost out to “Grey’s Anatomy” star Jesse Williams for the NAACP Image Awards’ Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series.
The award was not televised. Instead it was announced at the non-televised NAACP Image Award Dinner on Friday, which Smollett did not attend. He also did not attend Saturday’s televised awards show.
As CNSNews.com previously reported, a group of black conservatives – Project 21 – had called on the NAACP to rescind Smollett’s nomination in light of the revelation that Smollett allegedly faked his own assault and blamed it on Trump supporters.
"Everyone has a reason to be disappointed with Jussie Smollett right now, and these accumulated reasons justify the NAACP taking swift and appropriate action to remove him from consideration for its Image Award," Project 21 Co-Chairman Council Nedd II said in a statement.
"Smollett is charged with perpetrating a hate crime hoax that wasted valuable police resources and stoked racial tensions nationwide. It hurt our nation's ability to heal its racial wounds and made the NAACP's civil rights goals harder to achieve. The NAACP needs to make it clear that his behavior is not OK by removing him from contention for an Image Award," Nedd added.
"The NAACP was founded to help move America beyond our deeply racist past. Generations of men and women - both black and white - have dedicated their lives to that noble cause. It would be nothing short of a slap in the face to those civil rights heroes for the NAACP to now honor Smollett with an Image Award while he's suspected of using symbols of racial barbarism - including a noose - to shamelessly advance and promote his career," Project 21 member Jerome Hudson said in a statement.