Oh boy. The old blackface dilemma has reared it’s ugly head once again. I am, have always been and always will be the biggest anti blackface guy out there. You just can’t do it. Even if you think it’s the funniest thing in the world, it just never plays well and in today’s world will always come off racist. So after seeing this clip with that in mind you have to toss your hands up and say “can’t do it Jimmy. Sorry about it.” Many people will argue that it’s 20 years old so let it go. And to that I do feel like there is some reasoning behind that. Same thing when you think about the movie Tropic Thunder. I mean Robert Downey went full black man. Not just face, full black man.
So we’re trying to cancel Jimmy Fallon over an SNL skit now?
Has anyone seen Robert Downey jr in Tropic Thunder? It is the same type of comedy. People complaining need to grow tougher skin. pic.twitter.com/H79gGMyhTk
— okayroque (@okayroque) May 26, 2020
So why didn’t RDJ get cancelled? Why does Tropic Thunder still come on tv? It’s because it happened before SJWs took over the internet. It was also clearly a comedy sketch and in the movie, spoiler alert, the whole joke was that he was a white man playing a blackman when he shouldn’t have.
I lean some what the same way towards the Jimmy Fallon issue. It feels like a clear joke that he is pretending to be Chris Rock. Not pretending to be a black man stereotype, an actual person. And a person that was on the same show back in the day. Which brings me to my next point. What does Chris Rock feel about all this? He’s the one that is allowed to be upset here. If he thought it was distastful than Jimmy Fallon needs to apologize to him. Not people getting mad online.
But if we are going to ask for someone’s head the question is, should that be Jimmy’s and I honestly don’t think so. Look at this from the Decider:
Decider: “Fallon’s controversial sketch first aired in 2000, right in the middle of his six-year tenure on Saturday Night Live. The bit stars Fallon, in full blackface, impersonating Chris Rock on Regis Philbin’s (played by Darrell Hammond) late night show. Fallon-as-Rock laments that there are “not a lot of black folks” on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, likely because “black folks don’t want to answer questions.”
While NBC has scrubbed the full sketch from the internet, intrepid Fallon critics were able to find a portion of the bit, and a 2019 YouTube video with the caption, “NBC fired Megyn Kelly for mentioning blackface. Jimmy Fallon performed on NBC in blackface” was uploaded to Twitter (Kelly was fired after she defended blackface on-air). Almost immediately, users began calling for Fallon to be canceled and fired from NBC.”
First AIRED in 2000. That means it was approved and put in tv. If you want blood it should be Lorne Michaels. He is the man that says yes or no on the sketches. And as uncle Ben would say, “with great power comes great responsibility to make sure you don’t do anything racist on national television.” Or something like that.
A Jimmy Fallon apology is surely coming very soon. Will he be fired? Will he step down? Or will he stay? Let’s see.