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Jimmy Fallon Blasted Over 20-Year-Old ‘Blackface’ Sketch

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: TV personality Jimmy Fallon attends the Universal, NBC, Focus Features, E! Entertainment Golden Globes after party sponsored by Chrysler on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NBCUniversal)

A clip of Jimmy Fallon wearing blackface in an SNL sketch from 2000 has resurfaced, leading to new criticism. In the video, Fallon is seen impersonating Chris Rock. While the clip has been circulated before, this time it was shared with the hashtag #jimmyfallonisoverparty. Many accused Fallon of racism, with one person writing: “No one is asking y’all to cancel Jimmy Fallon. However, what we are asking from Jimmy is an acknowledgement to his use of blackface, why did he do it and an apology to black people for donning such a racist, oppressive and downright disgusting overt display of symbolic racism.” Fallon apologized in a statement yesterday. “In 2000, while on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface,” he wrote. “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.”

 


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