Comedian Jimmy Fallon issued a groveling emotional apology on Monday to every black person who ever laughed at him for doing Chris Rock in blackface, and then changed his Facebook face to a black circle that represents racial solidarity.
“I haven’t apologized for being Chris Rock in blackface for the last 20 years because I listened to liberal entertainment executives who said white people can’t get rich on TV if they go around apologizing for every stupid thing they do,” Fallon said. “But now that I’ve made enough money to live comfortably for the rest of my life without working, I’m sincerely apologizing for all the hurt I caused by being Chris Rock in blackface.”
Black comedian Jamie Foxx said Fallon had nothing to apologize for, but that begging forgiveness is probably the best career move right now.
“Bro, I feel horrible for taking career advice from white Hollywood liberals, too, but you ain’t got to apologize for shit,” Foxx said. “You are a comedian… and a great one at that. You did an incredible impersonation of Chris Rock, but now there’s more money in begging black people to forgive you for something that wasn’t wrong in the first place. Just do it, bro.”
Fallon described the anguish he experienced living with knowledge that no one remembered the Saturday Night Live skit until the country erupted in the worst race riots since the Obama presidency.
“I wasn’t upset that people might try to cancel me, or cancel the show, which is scary enough,” Fallon said. “The agony was because I knew taking the advice of rich Hollywood liberals was a terrible idea and I did it anyway.”
“I took the advice and I thought, ‘Oh God, I’m going to do this wrong. You’re right, I’m going to say something and get myself into even more trouble. I’m going to make this worse. I don’t know what to do,'” he continued.
He then welcomed his first guest, NAACP president Derrick Johnson, noting that he wanted to work on “being a better ally.”
“I realized that the silence is the biggest crime that white guys like me, and the rest of us, are doing,” Fallon said. “So I replaced my Facebook face with a black circle to raise awareness about racism. Hashtag solidarity.”