What happens when Jimmy Kimmel tackles the #OscarsSoWhite controversy? Ignorance. Ignorance happens.
Kimmel and his staff of writers are being slammed for a skit on Wednesday night’s show addressing the issue. During that segment, Kimmel adds some “flavor” to several of the Oscar-nominated movies by changing their titles and cast. The Big Shot morphs into The Big Shawty starring Bow Wow; Room becomes Crib starring Queen Latifah and Kevin Hart; The Revenant changes into The Revenant Al Sharpton and so on.
Kimmel’s corny segment led to plenty of Black Twitter backlash, including some of the messages below:
— deray mckesson (@deray) January 22, 2016
— Shannon Shird (@MissShird) January 22, 2016
@jimmykimmel You’re a clown. Not b/c you’re funny, but b/c your sketch was derogatory & explicit “spit in my eye” trash entertainment
— Sincere Kirabo (@SinKirabo) January 22, 2016
Jimmy Kimmel’s brand of humour is the type of trash that white supremacy thrives on—whether it’s mocking Kanye West or #OscarsSoWhite.
— Gelek Rinpoche (@GelekB) January 22, 2016
@jimmykimmel You only prove that whites have become comfortable with racism that y’all either ignore or makes sketches about it.
— Kori (@KSpen_96) January 22, 2016
@jimmykimmel that segment was tasteless and NOT funny
— Britt (@AlexBri_) January 22, 2016
— Lady L (@ladyljandus) January 22, 2016
Kimmel is yet to respond to the backlash, but do you think he should? Is the skit funny? Are people overreacting? Let us know in the comment section.
‘GQ’ Cover Star LeBron James Has Hard Yet Necessary Convo W/ His Kids About Racism
It is a conversation that is difficult yet necessary: Racism.
For LeBron James, that conversation was had in depth after someone spray pained the N-word all over his Brentwood home. In a new interview with GQ magazine, the November cover star opened up about the emotional discussion with his sons and daughter.
“It’s heavy when a situation occurs either with myself or with someone in a different city, i.e., Trayvon, Mike Brown. I have to go home and talk to my 13- and 10-year-old sons, even my 2-year-old daughter, about what it means to grow up being an African-American in America,” he said about feeling the “twoness” in America.
He continued, “Because no matter how great you become in life, no matter how wealthy you become, how people worship you, or what you do, if you are an African-American man or African-American woman, you will always be that.”
James explained, “True colors will show, and it showed for me during the playoffs, where my house in Brentwood, California, one of the f*cking best neighborhoods in America, was vandalized with, you know, the N-word. And that shit puts it all back into perspective. So do I use my energy toward that? Or do I now shed a light on how I can use this negative to turn into a positive, because so many people are looking for what I’m going to say.”
That’s when he unveiled, “I had a conversation with my kids. I let them know this is what it is, this is how it’s going to be. When it’s time for y’all to fly, you’ll have to understand that. When y’all go out in public and y’all start driving or y’all start moving around, be respectful to cops, as much as you can. When you get pulled over, call your mom or dad, put it on speakerphone, and put your phone underneath the seat. But be respectful the whole time.”
Earlier this year multiple LAPD units responded to James’ California home when neighbors saw the word scrawled on the outer gate. At the time, James suggested that when it comes to racial inequality, “we have a long way to go.”
Click here to read James’ entire GQ article.
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