Jimmy Kimmel apologized in a prolonged assertion for offensive impressions he did of Black celebrities up to now, together with NBA star Karl Malone and Snoop Dogg.
Jimmy Kimmel apologized for the “embarrassing” impressions he did of a number of Black celebrities within the 1990s, together with former NBA star Karl Malone. For his Malone impression, proven on the Comedy Central program The Man Show, which ran from 1999-2004, Jimmy wore blackface. In a ready assertion, the Jimmy Kimmel Live! host stated that he believes that he’s advanced and “matured over the last twenty-plus years,” and hopes that’s “evident to anyone who watches my show.”
“I have long been reluctant to address this, as I knew doing so would be celebrated as a victory by those who equate apologies with weakness and cheer for leaders who use prejudice to divide us. That delay was a mistake,” Jimmy stated in his assertion. “There is nothing more important to me than your respect, and I apologize to those who were genuinely hurt or offended by the makeup I wore or the words I spoke.” Jimmy’s offensive impressions weren’t restricted to the NBA star. At one level, he impersonated Snoop Dogg whereas utilizing the n-word repeatedly.
Jimmy defined in his assertion why he used blackface in his Karl Malone impression, however didn’t defend it. “On KROQ radio in the mid-90s, I did a recurring impression of the NBA player Karl Malone. In the late 90s, I continued impersonating Malone on TV. We hired makeup artists to make me look as much like Karl Malone as possible. I never considered that this might be seen as anything other than an imitation of a fellow human being, one that had no more to do with Karl’s skin color than it did his bulging muscles and bald head,” Jimmy stated.
“I’ve done dozens of impressions of famous people, including Snoop Dogg, Oprah, Eminem, Dick Vitale, Rosie [O’Donnell], and many others. In each case, I thought of them as impersonations of celebrities and nothing more,” he continued. “Looking back, many of these sketches are embarrassing, and it is frustrating that these thoughtless moments have become a weapon used by some to diminish my criticisms of social and other injustices.”