There are unspoken rules in the media these days that allow for certain celebrities to get away with pretty much whatever they want.
Let’s take Jimmy Kimmel for instance, who infamously and repeatedly donned blackface and a primitive, disturbing accent to belie an inherent imbecility in NBA star Karl Malone.
Kimmel has had this ugly part of his career largely ignored, thanks to the bias of the mainstream media.
When Megyn Kelly merely spoke on the subject of blackface, however, she was fired from her position.
Kimmel seems immune to the rigors of social justice, however, and has repeatedly taken advantage of this ill-conceived invincibility, recently mocking the accent of the First Lady in a bout of anti-immigrant prejudice. Still, he remains on television.
His latest stunt – a public and amateur assessment of Kanye West’s mental health – has the nation talking once again.
“Now the president doesn’t even have Kanye anymore,” said Kimmel, sharing West’s second tweet about distancing himself from politics. “Finally, the voices in his head are starting to talk sense.”
Kimmel then announced in a racially charged comment: “And if there are any black celebrities out there who would like to be the president’s only African-American supporter, that position is now officially open.”
The only problem is that Kimmel, once again, got a key detail wrong. In comments to TMZ Tuesday following his “used” tweet, West made clear that he wasn’t talking about President Trump at all.
“Kanye contacted us to make it clear he did not mention Donald Trump in his tweets, and he’s getting out of politics altogether,” TMZ reported. “As for being ‘used’ … he says he was specifically referencing Blexit, and that’s it.”
Once again, it looks as thought Kimmel will get away with this incendiary rhetoric, which both denigrates African Americans as political props and allows those suffering from mental illness to become the punchlines of jokes.
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