Chris Rock Is Not Offended Over Blackface Impression
Chris Rock Says He Is not Upset With Jimmy Fallon! Check Out Here!: Comedy star Chris Rock says in his first public remarks on the subject that he was not offended by the “Tonight Show”.
The host is Jimmy Fallon‘s blackface impersonation of him on “Saturday Night Live” 20 years ago, which resurfaced online earlier this year.
Rock, 55, told The New York Times in an interview posted on Wednesday.
“A lot of people want to say intention doesn’t matter, but it does. And I don’t think Jimmy Fallon intended to hurt me. And he didn’t”.
When asked whether people were going “too far” to try to eliminate blackface from movies and TV shows, Rock answered:
“Whether I say they are, then I’m the worst guy in the world. There’s basically one response that ends my entire career. Blackface isn’t cool, okay? That’s my quote. Blackface is terrible. Who needs it? It’s so sad, we’re living in a world now that you’ve got to say I’m against cancer.”
Four-time Emmy Award winner Rock said he did not recall seeing the sketch in 2000 in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
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Rock said Fallon doesn’t have a racist bone in his body. He hopes to appear on Fallon’s” Tonight Show to promote his forthcoming season of FX’s Fargo.
He played Rock as one of the celebrities perceived to be co-hosting the morning show of Regis Philbin following the departure of Kathie Lee Gifford on March 11, 2000.
It was a sketch of the time when Fallon was a cast member of SNL. The segment got excised from the sketch appearing on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” website, but as of Thursday, Fallon in blackface remains the thumbnail image to access it.
After this year’s full sketch resurfaced, Fallon apologized in May. He dedicated an extended portion of his “Tonight Show” on June 1 to a race debate in America.
Both Chris Rock and Jimmy didn’t comment on this matter resurfacing.