Chris Rock doesn’t think Jimmy Fallon tried to be hurt when he introduced himself as a comedian while in a black face in 2000 on Saturday Night Live.
The 55-year-old actor defended Fallon, 45, in a new interview with the New York Times, calling the host late at night a good friend and a “great man” who will never aim to offend.
“Hey, man, I’m friends with Jimmy. Jimmy is a great person. And he didn’t mean anything, ‘Rock told the paper.
It’s not malicious: Chris Rock called Jimmy Fallon a “good man” who “means nothing” malicious from his portrayal of a black-faced Rock. Seen in January above
“A lot of people want to say that intention doesn’t matter, but it does. And I don’t think Jimmy Fallon intended to hurt me. And he didn’t.
Earlier in the summer, a 2000 SNL sketch of Jimmy imitating rock in blackface reappeared online, prompting #JimmyFallonIsOver to turn to Twitter and gain huge media attention.
Other celebrities such as Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman, Robert Downey Jr. and Ted Danson were called in to use a black face at the same time.
Fallon apologized on social media in late May, writing on Twitter: “In 2000, while I was on SNL, I made a terrible decision to pose as Chris Rock while I was black. There is no excuse for this.
“I am very sorry that I made this undoubtedly offensive decision and I thank all of you for holding me accountable,” he wrote.
There’s no bad will: “Hey, man, I’m friends with Jimmy. Jimmy is a great person. And he didn’t mean anything, ‘Rock told the paper. Jimmy is seen in 2019 above
Yikes: Earlier in the summer, a 2000 SNL sketch imitating Jimmy Rock in blackface reappeared online, spurring #JimmyFallonIsOver to the Twitter trend and gaining huge media attention.
While Chris considered Jimmy’s actions harmless, Rock didn’t justify the black man in the least.
Asked if he thought the idea of eliminating past cases of black people in the media went too far, Chris rejected the idea even if he had to condemn something so obviously wrong.
“If I say they are.” [taking it too far,] then I am the worst man in the world, ‘he replied. “There is literally one answer that ends my entire career.”
“Blackface isn’t cool, is it?” This is my quote. Blackface is bad. Who needs it? It’s so sad, we now live in a world where you have to say I’m so against cancer.
“I just assumed you liked cancer.” No, no, no, I’m so against it. You have to say so many obvious things that you are against.
“No excuses”: Fallon apologized on social media in late May, tweeting, “In 2000, while I was on SNL, I made a terrible decision to introduce myself as Chris Rock while I was black.” There is no excuse for this. “
Problematic: Other celebrities such as Jimmy Kimmel (above), Sarah Silverman, Robert Downey Jr. and Ted Danson were called in to use the blackface at the same time.
In a separate profile for The Hollywood Reporter, Rock dismissed Fallon’s black face as a “bad comedy,” saying Jimmy “doesn’t have a racist bone in his body.”
He also shared how Fallon personally contacted him after apologizing publicly.
Without bad blood between them, the old friends will soon be reunited late at night.
Rock will soon appear on The Tonight Show to promote Fargo in the coming weeks.
Friends: In a separate profile for The Hollywood Reporter, Rock dismissed Fallon’s black face as just “bad comedy,” saying Jimmy “doesn’t have a racist bone in his body.” They were seen together in 2009 above