Fox News reports that comedian and late night television host Jimmy Kimmel admitted to using racial slurs on a parody rap album from 1996.
What’s more, audio obtained by the network includes Kimmel indicating a preference for making jokes about and impersonating African Americans.
Questionable history emerges
Called A Family Christmas In Your A–, the album in question featured Kimmel imitating the voice of rap star Snoop Dogg as he performs songs about holiday themes.
“Me and my n—-s down in LBC, we’ll smoke that motherf—-ing Christmas tree,” Kimmel can be heard saying. Other lyrics reference a “n—a in the manger” as well as a “fat n—a in a sleigh giving s–t away.” At another point, Kimmel tells “that motherf—-r Santa” to bring a pick for my afro.”
The host of Jimmy Kimmel Live! discussed that racially-charged material during an interview in 2013 with podcaster Adam Corolla that was obtained by Fox News. When asked, “Jimmy, do you only do black people?” Kimmel responded by saying, “I prefer them, yes.”
Admitting “a mistake”
“I have long been reluctant to address this, as I knew doing so would be celebrated as a victory by those who equate apologies with weakness and cheer for leaders who use prejudice to divide us,” the comedian told Fox News on Tuesday with regard to the revelations.
“That delay was a mistake. There is nothing more important to me than your respect, and I apologize to those who were genuinely hurt or offended by the makeup I wore or the words I spoke,” he added.
“I know that this will not be the last I hear of this and that it will be used again to try to quiet me. I love this country too much to allow that,” Kimmel continued. “I won’t be bullied into silence by those who feign outrage to advance their oppressive and genuinely racist agendas.”
Trump Jr. weighs in
Donald Trump Jr. entered the fray via Twitter on Monday, and he pointed out that leftists like Kimmel seem to have a hard time living up to the standards they set for everyone else.
“To be clear, I’m 100% against punishing comedians for jokes, even bad jokes from unfunny hack comedians like Jimmy Kimmel,” the younger Trump tweeted.