Chris Rock doesn’t think Jimmy Fallon was trying to hurt when he called the comedian back to blackface in 2000 on Saturday Night Live.
The actor, 55, defended the 45-year-old Falon in a new interview with the New York Times, calling the late-night host a good friend and ‘great man’ who would never aim to offend.
‘Hey, man, I’m Jimmy’s friend. Jimmy is a great boy. And he didn’t mean anything, ‘Rock told the paper.
Not Malicious: Chris Rock called Jimmy Fallon a ‘good man’ who didn’t say anything ‘malicious’ to his 2000 Rock by wearing blackface. He is seen above in january
‘Many people want to say that intention does not matter, but it does. And I don’t think Jimmy Fallon intended to hurt me. And he was not. ‘
Earlier in the summer, a 2000 SNL sketch where Jimmy mimicked Rock in Blackface trended #JimmyFallonIsOver on Twitter online and garnered widespread media attention.
Other celebrities such as Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman, Robert Downey Jr. and Ted Danson were called to use blackface around the same time.
Fallon tweeted on social media in late May, apologizing: ‘In 2000, at SNL, I made a terrible decision to impersonate Chris Rock while in Black Rock. There is no excuse for this.
‘I am deeply sorry for this undeniably humiliating decision and thank you all for holding me accountable.’ She wrote.
Nobody will get sick: ‘Hey, man, I’m friends with Jimmy. Jimmy is a great guy. And he didn’t mean anything, ‘Rock told the paper. Jimmy is seen above in 2019
Yikes: Earlier in the summer, a 2000 SNL sketch where Jimmy mimicked the rock in blackface was brought online again, trending #JimmyFallonIsOver on Twitter and drawing mass attention from the media
While Chris deemed Jimmy’s actions harmless, the Rock were not condensing blackphen in the slightest.
Asked if he felt the idea of removing previous instances of blackface in the media was being taken too far, Chris also dismissed the idea of condemning something clearly wrong.
‘If I say they are [taking it too far,] Then I am the worst man in the world, ‘he replied. ‘There really is an answer that ends my entire career.’
‘Blackface ain’t cool, okay? She is my dialect. Blackface is bad. Who needs it? It is very sad, we live in a world where you have to say, I am against cancer.
“” I just liked you cancer. “No, no, no, I am against it. You should be told a lot of obvious things.
‘No Excuses’: Fallon apologized on social media in late May, tweeting’ In 2000, while at SNL, I made a terrible decision to impersonate Chris Rock while at BlackRock. There is no excuse for this’
Problematic: Other celebrities such as Jimmy Kimmel (above), Sarah Silverman, Robert Downey Jr. and Ted Danson were called to use blackface around the same time
In a separate profile for The Hollywood Reporter, Rock portrayed Fallon’s blackface as merely a ‘bad comedy’, stating ‘Jimmy’ doesn’t have a racist bone in his body. ‘
He also shared how Falone personally reached out to him after issuing his public apology.
Due to no bad blood between them, old friends will team up for some night.
Rock The Tonight Show is set to appear soon to promote Fargo in the coming weeks.
In a separate profile for Pals: The Hollywood Reporter, Rock featured Fallon’s blackface as a ‘bad comedy’, saying ‘Jimmy’ doesn’t have a racist bone in his body. They were seen together in 2009