Late night host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel (52, "The Serious Goose") has apologized for his old parodies of African-American celebrities. The moderator mimicked former professional basketball player Karl Malone (56) with black make-up on his face for his TV show "The Man Show" (1999 to 2004). After the old sketches reappeared, Kimmel was accused of racism.
"We hired make-up artists back then who should make me look as much as possible like Karl Malone. I never thought that this could be seen as something other than an imitation of a fellow human being," said Kimmel in a long statement , from which among other things the US page "People" quotes. In retrospect, he was embarrassed about these skits and frustrated that "these thoughtless moments have become a weapon that some use to mitigate my criticism of social and other injustices."
"Matured and developed"
He is convinced that he has matured in the past twenty years and that he has developed, said Kimmel. However, he knew that this would not be the last time these old skits would be used to silence him: "I love this country too much to allow that. I will not let them silence me , only pretending outrage to advance their suppressive and truly racist agenda. " Kimmel is considered a keen critic of US President Donald Trump (74).
Kimmel also apologized to those people who were really hurt by his words.
His friend Jimmy Fallon is also criticized
Kimmel is not the only comedian who has faced similar criticism in the wake of the racism debate in the United States. Late-night talker Jimmy Fallon, 45, had come under fire after a 20-year-old sktch surfaced by parodying Afro-American comedian Chris Rock (55).
Fallon, otherwise considered a tame tidy man in the late night industry, apologized as follows: "In 2000, while I was at 'SNL', I made a terrible decision and parodied Chris Rock with black makeup on my face There is no excuse for this. I deeply regret this decision, which is without a doubt offensive, and thank you all for holding me responsible. "