Jamaica Gleaner : 2020-05-28

ENTERTAINM­ENT : 24 : B8

ENTERTAINM­ENT

| www.jamaica-gleaner.com | ENTERTAINM­ENT B8 THE GLEANER, THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2020 NEW YORK (AP): TONIGHT show NBC host Jimmy Fallon has apologised for doing an impersonat­ion of fellow comic Chris Rock while in blackface during a 2000 episode of Fallon tweeted on Tuesday that “there is no excuse for this”. Discussion of Fallon’s 20-year-old skit surfaced this week after a video of it was posted online. According to it was first posted on Twitter by a user named ‘chefboyohd­ear’, and showed Fallon, as Rock, appearing on a talk show. Fallon tweeted that it was a terrible decision to impersonat­e Rock, also a former cast member. “I am very sorry for making this unquestion­ably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountabl­e,” the late-night star wrote. The Twitter user who posted the clip mentioned Megyn Kelly, who was taken off the show and eventually left NBC News after suggesting in 2018 that it was OK for children to wear blackface in Halloween costumes. She apologised for her remark. The history of minstrel shows and movies, where white performers donned blackface to mock blacks, has made its use Saturday Night Live’ Variety, Saturday Night Live considered offensive today. Another late-night comic, Jimmy Kimmel, wore blackface to impersonat­e basketball star Karl Malone while on Comedy Central’s 20 years ago. Sarah Silverman used blackface for a sketch on her Comedy Central show in 2007, a decision she later said she was “horrified” by. Today The Man Show

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