The Jessie Smollett case has been a rollercoaster, leaving folks feeling angry, confused and sad in new ways—no small achievement in an era when the news has many of us practically numb to scandal. Smollett now faces 16 felony charges and up to 64 years in prison for faslely reporting a hate crime.

Here’s a sampling of Twitter reactions to the latest development in the case, as observers process a complicated and ever-evolving tale in which issues of race, ethics, homophobia, fame, money, media and the so-called justice system collide in a desperately bleak tangle: