Jimmy Fallon apologized for donating Blackface to a revived 2000 “Saturday Night Live” skit, prompting many to call him “canceled.”
The 45-year-old host of “The Tight Show” issued a statement in a tweet on Tuesday, thanking fans for “holding him accountable”.
“In 2000, while at SNL, I made a terrible decision to imitate Chris Rock while at Blackflase.” He wrote. “There is no excuse for this. I am very sorry for making this decision which is undoubtedly objectionable and thank you all for holding me accountable.”
Fallon’s 20-year-old sketch went viral overnight Twitter user @ ChefBoyHodia posted a vintage clip of Darrell Hammond and Fallon painting his face brown in the guise of a rock.
Tweets, Which has garnered about 962,000 views as of Tuesday, contains the hashtag #Gimiflonsovery Party and a caption that reads: “NBC has fired Megan Kelly Jimmy Fallon performed on Blackface on NBC to mention Blackface.
While the rapid reaction to the resurrected video was quick, fans seemed to be torn apart by Fallon’s tweet apology.
“It was 20 years ago, it doesn’t matter anymore.” One wrote.
“It was 20 years ago … The culture of cancellation needs to cool down. All of you people understand that what people said and said 20 years ago doesn’t do what they do now and what they say now.” Chimed differently.
“No one cares what you do on SNL. It wasn’t offensive, it was funny. ” Wrote a fan A response that was lambasted by another. “Who are you to say it wasn’t offensive? It was,” he said. Twitter user responded.
“How guilty are you? He is now apologizing because it has now been publicized. If he had found it, he would have taken it to the grave. ” The restless fan has responded.