Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel have been exposed for wearing blackface by Nick Cannon, who urged the comedians to interact in a ‘truth and reconciliation discussion’.
Throughout Black Historical past Month, Nick, 38, has been addressing points of racism and the black expertise on social media – notably blackface, in mild of the present scandal in Virginia politics.
Numerous politicans have admitted to wearing blackface up to now, together with Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, who confessed to dressing up as Michael Jackson, whereas Senate Majority Chief Tommy Norment edited a school publication containing blackface footage and slurs.
And calling February ‘Blackface History Month’, Cannon selected to unearth footage of quite a few well-liked white comedians wearing blackface on tv.
Jimmy Kimmel – final yr’s Oscar host and presenter of Jimmy Kimmel Reside! – wore blackface to impersonate basketball participant Karl Malone in 2000 on his Comedy Central sequence The Man Present.
In a clip of the sketch, Jimmy is heard talking in a dumbed down voice whereas speaking about alien abductions.
In the meantime, a sketch on Saturday Evening Reside across the identical time noticed The Tonight Present host Jimmy Fallon put on blackface in an impression of Chris Rock.
He revived his Chris Rock impression – minus the offensive blackface – throughout his opening monologue on the 2017 Golden Globes, an impression which raised eyebrows.
Nick shared a compilation of footage from the offensive clips and wrote: ‘Are these your Kings of Late Night??? @JimmyFallon @JimmyKimmel you know I’m at all times on the facet of the comic and by no means pander to the delicate, however I really feel there must be some “truth & reconciliation” discussions and teachable moments amongst our communities.
‘I’m prepared and keen for the discourse, so who desires to step as much as the desk first? Within the meantime, I’ll simply go away this proper right here. Inform the Jimmys to holla at me!’
Russell Simmons commented: ‘Jesus I mean Jesus this shit hurts’, with Nick replying: ‘I know OG! Hopefully we can all learn and grow from these incidents.’
Cannon additionally stated in a separate thread: ‘I don’t suppose we cancel them, I acquired love for these males. However we should converse fact earlier than we will reconcile.’
Neither Fallon nor Kimmel has made enjoyable of the Virginia blackface scandal on their exhibits.
The Wild ‘n’ Out star additionally posted an image of Sarah Silverman wearing minstrel-like blackface in a 2007 sketch for her sequence The Sarah Silverman Present.
The offensive sketch noticed Sarah say ‘I look like the beautiful Queen Latifah’ earlier than getting into a baptist church and proclaiming: ‘I’m black right this moment.’
Final yr, the School Of Rock actress told GQ: ‘I don’t stand by the blackface sketch. I’m horrified by it, and I can’t erase it. I can solely be modified by it and transfer on.
‘That was such liberal-bubble stuff, where I actually thought it was dealing with racism by using racism. I don’t get pleasure in that anymore. It makes me really feel yucky. All I can say is that I’m not that particular person anymore.’
Nick’s submit are available in a month which has seen quite a few blackface scandals – yep, within the yr 2019.
Katy Perry’s fashion line has withdrawn shoes from sale which have been accused of depicting blackface, whereas Gucci issued an apology for selling an offensive jumper which was accused of resembling blackface.
Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Fallon and Kimmel.