Jimmy Fallon Has Apologized For Blackface On SNL
It seems like the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis has sparked a trigger as people dig up past racist videos of top celebrities in Hollywood. Just recently Jimmy Fallon’s blackface video resurfaced after The Tonight Show host tried doing Chris Rock’s impression on SNL. This happened way back in 2000 where a skit called for Fallon doing an impression of the comedian while talking to Darrell Hammond as TV host Regis Philbin. Although NBC had removed the video clips from the Internet, parts of it are still present on other channels, and they are now circulating Twitter and YouTube.
“A Terrible Decision” Admits Jimmy Fallon On Blackface
For those who have missed out on this incident, take a look at Jimmy Fallon’s blackface video below:
The celebrity Jimmy Fallon finally responds to his blackface episode on SNL:
In 2000, while on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface. There is no excuse for this.
I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable.
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) May 26, 2020
“In 2000, while on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface. There is no excuse for this. I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable.”
On Tuesday, after the video resurfaced the Internet, Twitter started trending #JimmyFallonIsOverParty which is a new wave of ‘cancel’ culture people are getting behind. As you can see in the video, the video also tells that Megyn Kelly was also fired from the show back in 2018 for defending blackface Halloween costumes. Although she apologized for her remarks, she still went on to exit the channel, with an agreement this time in 2019.
Apart from Jimmy Fallon doing a blackface impression, other celebrities include Robert Downey Jr and Jimmy Kimmel who both used such makeup in the Tropic Thunder and a sketch on The Man Show in 2000, respectively. Whereas, among women, Sarah Silverman donned blackface back in 2007 in an episode of The Sarah Silverman Show.