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Jimmy Kimmel Under Fire for Past Use of Blackface, Racial Slurs

In latest years, Jimmy Kimmel has emerged as an unlikely progressive voice on late-night tv. For viewers who keep in mind his stint as co-host of The Man Show, which aired from 1999 to 2004, this was particularly stunning, on condition that The Man Show‘s politics and brand of humor often veered into reprehensible territory. But people do change over time, and Kimmel’s personal private evolution has all the time appeared real.

That doesn’t imply that his previous doesn’t comprise a raft of ill-advised choices, nonetheless — nor does it make him immune from being requested to account for his earlier habits. That’s what prompted Kimmel to apologize for a quantity of incidents from his comedy earlier in his profession, together with a blackface impression of Karl Malone.

At Deadline, Peter White has extra particulars in regards to the apology. “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,” Kimmel stated in his assertion. “That delay was a mistake.”

Kimmel has additionally been criticized for use of a racial slur as half of a sketch in 1996. While his assertion in regards to the ill-conceived Malone impression didn’t tackle this straight, he additionally spoke extra broadly about his attitudes having shifted over time. “I believe that I have evolved and matured over the last 20-plus years, and I hope that is evident to anyone who watches my show,” he stated.

How audiences will react stays to be seen; Kimmel is taking the summer season off from internet hosting to spend extra time together with his household.Read the full story at Deadline

picture : Jimmy Kimmel speaks on the 24th annual Keep Memory Alive ‘Power of Love Gala’ profit for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 07, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.Denise Truscello/Getty Images for Keep Memory Alive

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