JUSSIE SMOLLETT PARODY PART #1
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“Saturday Night Live” Takes a Sickjail Slap at ‘The Shower’ Jussie Smollett Sickbay Breakout is back in full swing this week, this time in the form of a segment on ‘The Shower,’ another popular comedy show from Saturday Night Live’s Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. The sketch replaced a typical ‘shower scenario’ with a group of lawyers going head-to-head over who would get a fairer trial.
Jussie Smollett, whose background includes serving jail time on drug charges, was seen as a strong candidate for the position of CEO. But he was arrested by police for his involvement in an April drug ring in Florida. He was taken to jail, where he was found unresponsive by prison guards.
While awaiting medical care in the sickbay, Smollett was diagnosed with cancer, but he was able to leave jail early because he had a large bail bond. A judge later determined that Smollett’s financial situation allowed him to leave jail early.
Smollett and his brother, Paul Smollett, filed a lawsuit against Comedy Central over the April incident, arguing that they were unfairly put in the same room as their brothers when they appeared on ‘The Shower.’ According to court documents, Paul Smollett’s legal representative, John Rava, claimed that the brothers were unfairly punished because they were associated with the ‘Shower’ character. The lawsuit also claimed that the defendants violated Jussie Smollett’s rights by keeping him in the sickbay, and that Comedy Central violated his right to due process by holding him in an isolation area without access to other inmates. Lawyers representing both sides have said that the case will be resolved in court.
Smollett’s lawyer, Jason Leopold, has called the Shower episode “a travesty,” noting that the brothers were put in a room with their brothers who appeared on the hit comedy show. He also said that the Shower episode featured the defendants’ real-life counterparts, who are not familiar with the Smollett. and did not speak to him at all during the show.
‘Shower’ co-creator and executive producer Tom Kapinos are not worrying about the Smollett situation, telling Entertainment Weekly that the characters on the show do not represent the real-life Smollett. Instead, he said that the episode is meant to poke fun at the legal world. “It is clear that Jussie Smollett has not been involved in the business long enough to become a successful venture capitalist,” he said.