Jussie Smollett just dropped a provocative surprise video taking aim at the Trump administration.
The video went live on Smollet’s YouTube channel shortly before midnight on Wednesday and is perhaps his most direct approach to speaking out against the rise in bigotry and hate that took center stage during the 2016 presidential election.
According to a press release, the record, entitled "F.U.W", is accompanied by a visual produced and directed by Smollett to combat the "race-baiting, bigotry and xenophobia of the current administration" and highlight the minority and immigrant experience in America right now.
The latest celebrity video to protest Trump this week, following rapper Snoop Dogg’s controversial clown video that targets President Trump with a gun, Smollett hopes to spark viewers to stand up for their rights even if the world seems against them.
"This is not a single. It's not a song to promote the series. It's an artistic expression,” said the actor, singer, and activist in a statement. “ My view of this sick cycle, an era in which we must fight our way out of before it's too late. This view of unity is something they may never understand. That is why it is up to us. Train your daughters and sons to be soldiers of love, despite and in spite of this F#$* Up World.”
Throughout the video, Smollett references controversial issues that have plagued the first 100 days of the Trump administration and caused thousands of protests across the country, from the Dakota Access Pipeline construction, to the fight for transgender bathroom rights, to the travel ban.
In direct reference to the president, a man wears a mask with a Trump likeness in one scene. In another, the mask is crushed by a person rolling over it with his wheelchair.
Individual protests movements against the Trump administration are united throughout the video with images of a young boy donning a hoodie as well as men and women of different races and religions all holding their first in the air and standing in solidarity.
Smollett sings that even the divisive nature of solutions the administration has offered, such as building a wall to keep out immigrants, “won’t keep us from loving each other.”