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Apparently Malik Yoba had it all wrong regarding his comments on his “Empire “ co-star Jussie Smollett’s sexuality.

The actor responded to chatter on blogs that thought he outted Smollett as he talked about “Empire’s take on the LGBT community.

The following is a statement Yoba released to USA Today regarding what he said about Smollett:

“I was misquoted in the article. My reference to Jussie was only about his character and storyline on Empire.”

Yoba’s statement comes amid talk online about Smollett’s real-life sexual orientation. On “Empire,” the entertainer plays Jamal Lyon, a gay singer. Weighing in on the show’s attention to the LGBT community, Yoba said, “So, obviously, Lee (Daniels, co-creator) is gay.

“That was an important storyline for him. I think it’s important for people to see themselves. Even within the Black community. But if you aren’t really, really taking it off of screen and making it live in the community in a significant way … like I know Jussie, he is gay, and he’s very committed to issues around the LGBT community. He and I have a very close relationship.”

Needless to say, the quote quickly spread. Hence, Yoba’s statement to USA Today.

Do you think Yoba was really misquoted or is he just trying to distance himself from the heat his comment created?

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14 thoughts on “Malik Yoba Clarifies ‘Gay’ Comment about Jussie Smollett’s Sexuality

  1. Walter patton on said:

    “I was misquoted ” is so lame and over-utilized. Just be honest and say, “sorry, I plucked up!” 😜

  2. He needs to shut it down and speak ONLY about himself and his role on Empire. That would have been the story to sell…He is going to keep running his mouth until the cast finds a way to push him off the show. He should be counting his lucky stars that he’s on a hit show…

  3. specialt757 on said:

    “I was misquoted in the article. My reference to Jussie was only about his character and storyline on Empire.”
    “… like I know Jussie, he is gay, and he’s very committed to issues around the LGBT community. He and I have a very close relationship.” again which part of this was misquoted? He didn’t say “Jamal” he is gay.

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