Jamie Foxx defends pal Jimmy Fallon in blackface scandal and says ‘we got bigger fish to fry’ – The Sun
JAMIE Foxx has defended his pal Jimmy Fallon from accusations of racism after the late-night host was forced to apologize for a 20-year-old skit.
Fans called for Jimmy to be fired over the 2000 Saturday Night Live skit in which he wore blackface as part of an impression of Chris Rock.
In response, however, Oscar winner Jamie shared his thoughts and claimed he thought there were "bigger fish to fry."
Writing on Instagram, Jamie said: "He was doing an impression of Chris Rock.
"It wasn't blackface. We comedian I know it's a tough time right now. But this one is a stretch (sic.)"
Jamie continued: "On a show called in living color we played every race. Let this one go. We got bigger fish to fry … #changecourse."
On Tuesday, Jimmy took to Twitter to thank fans for holding him accountable for his past actions.
He tweeted: "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."
He added: "I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable."
As the clip resurfaced, fans turned to Twitter to call for the cancellation of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon host with the hashtag #jimmyfallonisoverparty.
One user fired: “I’m a little hurt because I LOVE watching Jimmy Fallon. Like we can’t trust anybody. Like blackface really? #jimmyfallonisoverparty."
A second wrote: “Everyday it’s someone new being cancelled, but… I think this time it’s deserved. Blackface is horrible, unfunny and incredibly racist. I wonder what he has to say about this. #jimmyfallonisoverparty."
In 2019, comedian Nick Cannon called out Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman and clothing brands for using blackface.
Jimmy Kimmel wore blackface during a recurring skit on The Man Show from 1999 to 2004; he impersonated Utah Jazz player Karl Malone and Oprah Winfrey.
Sarah did as well during a 2007 sketch for The Sarah Silverman Program.
She apologized for the sketch last year and said she was “horrified.”
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