Jimmy Kimmel blackface Apology for impression of NBA star Karl Malone
Are we going to sit here like Jimmy Kimmel didn’t already know that blackface was an issue. With all the controversy surrounding BLM and other influencers getting cut the F off for doing blackface, Kimmel should have known better. No one gets a pass, Period, but according to Kimmel he was unaware.
Jimmy Kimmel spoke about his blackface impersonation of NBA star Karl Malone. “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. That delay was a mistake,” Kimmel said in a statement released by journalist Yashar Ali via Twitter. “There is nothing more important to me than your respect, and I apologize to those who were genuinely hurt or offended by the makeup I wore or the words I spoke.”
He continued, “On KROQ radio in the mid-90s, I did a recurring impression of the NBA player Karl Malone. In the late 90s, I continued impersonating Malone on TV. We hired makeup artists to make me look as much like Karl Malone as possible. I never considered that this might be seen as anything other than an imitation of a fellow human being, one that had no more to do with Karl’s skin color than it did his bulging muscles and bald head.”
Yet and still the apology included unnecessary details about his personal life that have people questioning his intentions. “My summer vacation has been planned for more than a year and includes the next two summers off as well. I will be back to work in September. Thank you for giving me an opportunity to explain and to those I’ve disappointed, I am sorry.” Who asked abut his summer vacation … no one. People were up roared as this seemed a bit misogynistic to mention when fans only wanted to hear an apology.
Where was his intention is the question? Share your thoughts below.