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Jimmy Fallon has released an apology after a video of him in blackface surfaced online.
The clip was from an SNL sketch in 2000, and it showed Fallon performing an impression of comedian Chris Rock in a talk show hosted by Regis Philbin, who was played by Darrell Hammond.
The footage triggered a new “#jimmyfallonisoverparty” hashtag to trend. Fallon was quick to respond to the backlash, and took to Twitter to apologize to those who were offended by the bit.
“I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface. There is no excuse for this,” he said. “I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable.”
While some Twitter users called for Fallon to be “canceled,” others thought it was unreasonable to hold him responsible for his actions from 20 years ago.
“This is unacceptable, but it was also ages ago. While it is important to bring it up because it’s something that happened and isn’t all okay, he shouldn’t be canceled for it,” one Twitter user reasoned out.
May 26, 2020
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.
... This was 20 years ago...
Cancelled culture needs to chill tf out
Y'all do realise that not everything people do and say 20 years before is the same as what they do and say now...
20 years ago I thought breastmilk was the only form of nutrition (I imagine, I was 1)
#jimmyfallonisoverparty is trending on twitter for impersonating Chris Rock in blackface 20 years ago on an SNL skit. Why don’t Marlon and Shawn Wayans get the same treatment for doing “whiteface” 16 years ago? pic.twitter.com/qrlPXJxPuN— Christian🥀🦋 (@christianj0530) May 27, 2020
this is unacceptable but it was also AGES ago i mean like, what? 2 or 3 DECADES? while it's important to bring it up because it's something that happened and ISNT AT ALL okay, he shouldn't be cancelled for it. BUT he needs to address it for what it is and apologise— g a b r i e l l e (she/her) (@herputhystinky) May 26, 2020
For everyone upset on Twitter at Jimmy Fallon for wearing blackface over 20 years ago for a SNL skit, just wait till we tell you about the current Governor of Virginia. #jimmyfallonisoverparty@GovernorVA pic.twitter.com/sUH2uHVdKX— Mindy Robinson for Congress NV03 🇺🇸 (@iheartmindy) May 26, 2020
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