The ability to be perceived as a victim is, at least in the narrative of the MSM, superficially limited to ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender.
Take the case of Jussie Smollet. Charged by the Chicago police with 16 counts of staging his own attack where he claimed he was attacked by two Trump supporters, noosed, and had bleached poured on him because he was black and gay.
When news broke that there was evidence that he had it staged, progressives remained silent. Now, in a surprising reverse the headlines read that the charges were dropped. But after reading the details, it becomes clear that Jussie's lawyer made a deal where he will pay $10,000 and do community service in order to avoid the courts. But the message from the MSM, has been largely consistent: all chargers dropped. The underlying message is clear, Jussie didn't stage it