Jimmy Fallon is under fire for impersonating Chris Rock on SNL in blackface back in 2000.
The sketch first aired in 2000, and featured Fallon impersonating Chris Rock in blackface while Darrell Hammond played Regis Philbin.
— s🅰️m🐀 (@chefboyohdear) May 26, 2020
The skit resurfaced online, resulting in the hashtag #JimmyFallonIsOverParty to start trending. One user wrote, “ I’m sorry but this is my first time ever seeing this [and] this is making my heart hurt. I can’t (right now).”
Another user was just looking for Fallon to apologize.
No one is asking y’all to cancel @jimmyfallon; however, what we are asking from Jimmy is an acknowledgment to his use of Blackface, why did he do it and an apology to Black people for donning such a racist, oppressive and downright disgusting overt display of symbolic racism.
— T. (@cheesewizbandit) May 26, 2020
Fallon, a former SNL cast member, went on to apologize for the sketch.
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.
I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable.
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) May 26, 2020