One Empire star is striking back against the powers that be.
Amid growing backlash against the current president’s controversial policies, actor and singer-songwriter Jussie Smollett has released a politically charged music video that features a man in a wheelchair running over a Donald Trump mask. The moment seemingly references Trump’s mocking of a physically disabled New York Times reporter on the campaign trail in November 2015.
“Driving me insane, we play a good game, play but we still can’t win,” Smollett croons in the “F.U.W.” visual. “It’s come to the surface, trying to be perfect, but look at the president.”
“That mask is a representation of this false idea of patriotism. And that mask is a representation of this idea of white male privilege,” Smollett, 34, recently told the Associated Press of including the prop in the clip. “It’s so much bigger than [Trump]. It’s what he represents, and it’s because of that representation, that’s why he’s the president of the United States currently… It’s our opportunity to take those masks off and shatter them, so that’s what I did.”
The “F.U.W.” (short for “F—ed Up World”) video also shows several women — fists held high — standing in front of a wall that reads “my body, my rights,” a barbed wire-adorned note that says “refugees welcome,” and a transgender woman entering a public bathroom — all of which resonate as a rallying cry in support of human rights and equality.
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Smollett and his fellow Empire cast members — including Taraji P. Henson and Gabourey Sidibe — endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a 2016 campaign video urging people to vote for the former Secretary of State, who ultimately won the popular vote, but lost the election after Trump dominated with the electoral college.
“This song is for the oppressed. That’s why I feel like people will connect with it because it is very broad, because oppression is so broad,” Smollett said during his Associated Press interview. “Because the song means so much to me and the message means so much to me, and what we’re going through right now means so much to me, I wanted to do it justice. And I knew what was in my mind would do it justice.”
Watch the “F.U.W.” music video above.