Amid growing controversy over the trove of documents to be released related to the infamous Jeffrey EpsteinA number of high-profile celebrities have been accused of being linked to the notorious sex offender.
It was recently ruled that it was not necessary for the courts to keep information about Epstein’s allies secret, leading to an incredible situation. Among names like Britain’s Prince Andrew and former President Bill Clinton’s comedian and talk show host Jimmy KimmelThe name has also come up.
Things went awry when Kimmel was initially accused of being linked to Epstein by none other than an NFL pro. Aaron Rodgers. Kimmel himself responded to Aaron Rodgers’ accusations, and even mentioned the possibility of legal consequences.
However, now that the judicial list is expected to be revealed in the coming days, there has been constant talk of another controversial situation involving Kimmel. Kimmel, back on Comedy Central’s The Man Show, had been involved in a ‘blackface’ sketch in which he parodied the great Carl Malone. That adds to Oprah Winfrey’s portrayal of her.
The Blackface phenomenon has been widely criticized in recent years for the racial connotations it carries. However, with Kimmel expected to be, at least to some extent, involved in the Epstein case, the clip has resurfaced on Twitter, prompting a flurry of criticism. While Kimmel has not responded to the latest controversy, he had previously apologized for his Blackface sketches, back in 2020.
Jimmy Kimmel Had Previously Apologized For Blackface Sketch About Karl Malone
In 2020, Kimmel himself talked about the type of sketches he did during his time on Comedy Central series. Malone, a legitimate Boston Celtics legend, was among other celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, who he dressed up as.
However, the talk show host clarified that he never thought the performance would one day be criticized on racial grounds:
We hired makeup artists to make me look as much like Karl Malone as possible. I never considered that this might be seen as anything other than an imitation of a fellow human being, one that had no more to do with Karl’s skin color than it did his bulging muscles and bald head.
So, while the Epstein case is indeed a different story, it’s clear that Kimmel has already paid his dues for the mistakes he made in lieu of his comedy sketches.
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