It goes without saying — Jimmy Kimmel crossed the line when he teased and mocked Melania Trump because she doesn’t speak perfectly clear English (she speaks 5 languages, by the way). She’s also an immigrant. So why is it OK for a liberal “comedian” to make fun of a LEGAL immigrant who also happens to be the FIRST LADY of the United States?
The answer is: it’s not OK. And Kimmel is about to pay for it dearly. Hundreds of thousands will be lining up to sign the petition and we hope you’re one of them.
Fox News reports:
ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel’s recent jokes about first lady Melania Trump are apparently offending a lot of viewers.
An online petition launched recently, calling for a boycott of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and has exceeded its goal of 50,000 signatures. Organizers say the petition will eventually be sent to “the front door of Disney/ABC Studios” Burbank, Calif.
“We may not get him kicked off the air,” the petition says. “But we can send a message that these attacks on our First Lady will NOT be tolerated!”
Specifically, offended viewers appear to take issue with Kimmel’s jokes about the first lady’s Slovenian accent. On Monday, he mocked Melania Trump’s reading to children during a White House Easter celebration.
“Dees and dat,” Kimmel joked, of her pronunciation of “this or that.”
Kimmel’s targeting of the first lady seems to contradict the network’s recent assertions that it has captured the hearts of middle America since launching the rebooted “Roseanne” sitcom.
Where does @JimmyKimmel get off making fun of @FLOTUS Melania Trump’s accent? Is he going to make fun of someone from Boston? TX? Or is it just the accents of immigrants he mocks? The woman speaks 5 languages for Pete’s sake! He’s out of line. https://t.co/9hUKWq9BzS
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) April 8, 2018
In fact, beleaguered ABC President Ben Sherwood trumpeted his programming acumen to the New York Times the day after “Roseanne” scored massive ratings, claiming that ABC executives had a meeting the morning after the election about how they could better reach Middle America.
But Sherwood — who insiders say is fighting for his job as ABC remains mired in fourth place — has been a particular champion of Kimmel’s over the years. When he was president of ABC News, he reportedly supported the network moving Kimmel’s low-rated late night show into the more favorable time slot long occupied by ABC News’ “Nightline.” Later, as ABC president, Sherwood would personally lobby the Academy for Kimmel to host the Oscars.
Ah the famous double standard…….
If any Republican ever mocked Michele Obama for her appearance or other immutable trait the left would be going bonkers. But somehow it’s ok for Kimmel to engage in this classless mockery of the First Lady. #JimmyKimmel https://t.co/FBw9Swm8bu
— Brad Kauffman (@Kauffman126) April 3, 2018
Meanwhile, Fox News host Sean Hannity has recently criticized Kimmel, saying it was unfair of Kimmel to criticize Melania Trump because the first lady is in a vulnerable position.
“The first lady of the United States is not going to get into a feud with a late-night, low-rated talk show host like Jimmy Kimmel,” he said. “She can’t. If she does, it’s not going to end well for her. So, he knows he has a free, open target.”
On Friday, Kimmel launched some jokes about Hannity that offended members of the LGBT community.
“Don’t worry – just keep tweeting – you’ll get back on top! (or does Trump prefer you on the bottom?) Either way, keep your chin up big fella..XO,” Kimmel tweeted.
“I’m physically ill over you making gay a punchline in 2018,” one Kimmel critic tweeted. “With all the hatred out there, this is how you get laughs & RTs.”