#JimmyFallonIsOverParty is trending on Twitter and it all because of a blackface comedy routine he did 20 years ago. The comedian has apologized, but the question remains … should he still be cancelled?
This is far from the first time this story has circulated, but this may be the most traction it has received. During a skit for “Saturday Night Live”, Fallon was impersonating fellow comedian Chris Rock — black skin and all. The clip from an episode that aired in 2000 shows Jimmy looking and sounding like Rock while making jokes about Black people not wanting to be on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” because they don’t like to answer questions.
Not only is the clip just not funny, it’s also offensive. Additionally, it doesn’t bode well for Fallon that the clip resurfaced during a time where Black people are reeling from the recents deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. Black people are tired and less tolerant — frankly speaking, we’re over the bullsh!t as evidenced by the outrage on Twitter…
I know I did not just open Twitter and see that Jimmy Fallon did blackface in 2000. Nobody is safe from Twitter when we got this much time in our hand. First Lana, then Doja cat, and now Jimmy Fallon. Please let me catch my breathe. #jimmyfallonisoverparty pic.twitter.com/3o1z5IchIa
— @_Amaliza (@Ratgang48) May 26, 2020
— (@_nyhhbailey) May 26, 2020
Jimmy has apologized…
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
And some feel that’s enough.
— Mio_Mio (@beyoncesdick66) May 26, 2020
But it’s also, it’s worth noting another comedian, Jimmy Kimmel, also donned Blackface for a skit … should he be cancelled, as well?
— maurice (@Nayvadius16) May 26, 2020