US late night time TV host Jimmy Fallon has apologised for carrying blackface throughout a Saturday Night Live (SNL) sketch 20 years in the past.
NBC’s Tonight Show star may be seen with darkish make-up within the scene, the place he portrayed fellow comic and SNL solid member Chris Rock showing on a chat present.
In 2000, whereas on SNL, I made a horrible choice to do an impersonation of Chris Rock whereas in blackface. There is not any excuse for this.
I’m very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive choice and thank all of you for holding me accountable.
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) May 26, 2020
Fallon tweeted: “In 2000, whereas on SNL, I made a horrible choice to do an impersonation of Chris Rock whereas in blackface.
“There is not any excuse for this.
“I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable.”
Fallon appeared on SNL from 1998 till 2004, when he left the present to pursue a film profession, showing in a number of movies – together with alongside Drew Barrymore in comedy Fever Pitch in 2005.
He later grew to become the sixth everlasting host of The Tonight Show in 2014.
Reports that such a clip existed first emerged within the US media in February 2019, and on Tuesday, the hashtag #jimmyfallonisoverparty started trending on Twitter.
It will not be the primary time a white SNL star has been solid in a black function on the present.
In 1984, actor Billy Crystal portrayed Sammy Davis Jr, and extra just lately, Fred Armisen impersonated former US president Barack Obama.
Robert Downey Jr and comic Sarah Silverman have additionally been criticised for carrying blackface, whereas Fallon’s fellow late night time host Jimmy Kimmel has additionally come below fireplace for carrying make-up to impersonate Oprah Winfrey.
Last September, Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau apologised for dressing up in blackface for a celebration within the 1990s, saying “the layers of privilege” he has benefited from meant he didn’t see that it was racist.
He made an announcement following the discharge of photos of him doing it on two different events, which practically noticed his re-election marketing campaign derailed.