Jamie Foxx rushes to Jimmy Fallon’s defense after the “Tonight Show” host received backlash for a resurfaced 2000 “Saturday Night Live” sketch where Fallon wears blackface to imitate Chris Rock.
“He was doing an impression of Chris Rock. It wasn’t blackface,” Foxx wrote in a comment posted on the “E! News” Instagram page. “We comedians. I know it’s a tough time right now. But this one is a stretch. On a show called ‘In Living Color,’ we played every race.”
“Let this one go. We got bigger fish to fry. #changecourse,” Foxx added, presumably referencing the recent racial injustices against black Americans.
Foxx said in a different Instagram comment, “Some of y’all didn’t even see the sketch… relax and laugh! It’s other ------------ out here that really don’t care bout ya… use that energy for them!!! But leave my mans alone.”
After the shocking sketch resurfaced this week, Twitter users began circulating the hashtag #JimmyFallonIsOverParty.
Tuesday on his Twitter page, Fallon — who appeared on the NBC variety show in the late ’90s and early 2000s — issued a formal apology.
“In 2000, while on ‘SNL,’ I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface,” Fallon wrote. “There is no excuse for this. I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable.”
In 2000, while on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface. There is no excuse for this.— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) May 26, 2020
I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable.
However, several social media users did not buy Foxx’s defense of Fallon.
“ok so then with that being said, blackface is allowed to be done by anyone and everyone with no social backlash. Blackface is now acceptable because Jimmy Fallon did it and we love Jimmy Fallon. That’s what your saying right?” one IG commenter wrote to Foxx.
“Stop telling people how to feel. Whether you feel like it was blackface or not, it was distasteful,” another added.