Malik Yoba Clarifies ‘Gay’ Comment about Jussie Smollett’s Sexuality

Willie Grace | 3/5/2015, 4:33 p.m.
Yoba’s statement comes amid talk online about Smollett’s real-life sexual orientation. On “Empire,” the entertainer plays Jamal Lyon, a gay ...
Malik Yoba

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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