Honestly are we THAT surprised?
In the midst of all the rioting chaos, footage of the widely popular #JimmyFallon has arose from the year 2000, of the late night show host mocking Chris Rock, wearing blackface.
I (a person of color) am not sure why it’s so fun for whites to dress up and make fun of black people, especially if they know it’s offensive and degrading, but that’s probably the point. No one cares what the backlash will be, this is nothing new, this will continue to happen regardless of how many blacks will be murdered by the police. Guess what, on Halloween someone will think it will be hilarious to dress up as one of the black men or women who have been murdered by the police.
Yes #JimmyFallon apologized, but only because he was caught, only because “it was supposed to be funny”, not that it’s really going to make a difference. He still has his show. He still has his job, mainly because this was “so long ago”. At the end of the day white people love to make fun of black people and that has really come out in all of these ridiculous TikToks.
“In the skit, which first aired in 2000, Fallon was portraying comedian Chris Rock while talking to Darrell Hammond as TV host Regis Philbin. NBC had previously removed the video from the internet, but clips had been circulating on Twitter and YouTube.” via, Variety
“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,” Fallon wrote on Twitter. “I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable.”
“Some Twitter users also called out more entertainers who have previously come under scrutiny for wearing blackface, including Robert Downey Jr., who wore blackface in the 2008 comedy “Tropic Thunder”; Jimmy Kimmel, who used blackface for a sketch on “The Man Show” in 2000; and Sarah Silverman for donning blackface in a 2007 episode of “The Sarah Silverman Show.””
They love dressing up as us, until one of us pays attention and says it’s a problem, but they still do it, they still make jokes and think it’s not offensive, because they are not offended.