America's conscience" and fits, after all, well in the political left.
So it seems unlikely that Kimmel would support his day-to-day network Roseanne Barr, ABC, repressing her for what she called a "detestable, disgusting" tweet about former Barack Obama Advisor Valerie Jarrett. But on Wednesday, Kimmel did just that.
"What said is not defensible, but angrily attacking a woman who is obviously not good does not help anyone," tweeted Kimmel. "Please take a deep breath and remember that mental health issues are actually occurring, and the Roseanne I know may now need a little compassion and help."
In the midst of anger at Barr's racist commentary, Kimmel's contrarian tweet was a risk – and that immediately led to a flood of criticism. By asking his followers to "take a breath," Kimmel managed to encourage more attacks.
Many critics, including some who have confessed to his fans, accused Kimmel of being accomplices or using mental illness to apologize for racism. 19659008] "What she said is not defensible, but you will still defend it?" The writer Roxane Gay responded on Twitter. "Mental illness, if that's it, does not excuse racism, it's not synonymous with racism, and criticism is not an attack."
"I like Jimmy Kimmel a lot, so that's disappointing," wrote Frederick Joseph . "Yes, psychological issues are real – as is racism – Roseanne did not call Valerie Jarrett a monkey because of her mental health issues, and because of her mental health issues, she did not conduct a Nazi Holocaust parody photo shoot."
Mental illness exists Do not give people a "free pass" for bad behavior, tweeted Michael Fischer, "signed the rest of us with mental illnesses who are not lucky enough to have a celebrity cape for us on Twitter."
"I'm sure the people who suffer daily because of racism can use something compassion now too," tweeted Dani Bostick
The comedian Livia Scott tweeted That while Kimmel Barr meets in person, "That's the time for a text to her, no tweet to us. Stay in your Jimmy's track."
By not staying in his "trail," Kimmel showed the danger of sharing an unpopular, albeit nuanced, opinion in the midst of a national uproar.
Critics began the late-nightmare's own checkered past with questions of race. They once again produced a clip from his comedy-central series "The Man Show," which ran from 1999 to 2003, branded as "a joyful celebration of chauvinism." In at least one episode, Kimmel appeared in full-body brown makeup portraying Utah jazz player Karl Malone
A collage of Reading Memes : "Remember children, America's moral authority made television appearances in Blackface to Oprah and to mock black NBA players. "
"I guess if you're Jimmy Kimmel, it's okay, even if you know …" the tweet said.
When Barr tweeted on until early Thursday morning, she rescued a post defending her and said : "As Kimmel, Olbermann, Behar, Sykes, and the list goes on, vehemently attacking and over us and @ Lying POTUS daily, others like Rosie are destroyed much less. "
But Kimmel got its share of supporters. Andie MacDowell agreed with his call for compassion and tweeted: "The cream rises to the top with empathy and compassion … two mistakes make no right, I hear you, what had to happen happened No need to be cruel. "
MacDowell followed by saying she was glad ABC had canceled Barr's show, but at the same time," I do not like seeing the Joy people take them I would like us to be better than that … "
While some accused Kimmel of making assumptions about Barr's sanity, over the years Barr has been quite open about her struggles against mental illness. In an interview in Esquire magazine in 2001, she said she suffers from multiple personality disorder.
"It's like living in a labyrinth," she told the writer Mike Sager. "It's like this old woman who keeps coming back to her house … But the parts do not come together and some of them have really weird ideas on how to defend oneself," said the comedian. But after a decade of therapy, she said at the time, she managed to integrate the personalities and achieve "co-consciousness."
In an interview with Pierce Morgan in 2012, Barr said: "The mental health problem is very close and loving me." After many years, she said, "I'm more centered, I'm in the best place I am Many of them are because I did the work. "
But Barr has also been known for her exuberant, controversial tweets in recent years. In fact, Kimmel debated her Twitter usage when he invited Barr to his show in March to discuss restarting her show "Roseanne".
When Barr mentioned her own campaign for the President in 2012, Kimmel said, "They were somehow the original crazy tweeter running for the president."
Laughing, Barr seemed to agree. "Trump totally stole my act," she said. "In 2012 I ran my whole campaign on Twitter."
Kimmel asked her about her attacks on Hillary Clinton: "I think you accused her of being a killer on Twitter, right?"
"I did not do it!" Insisted Barr. Kimmel responded with a smirk, "Roseanne, you know I'll find that tweet in the next 40 seconds, right."
Barr swore at Kimmel as both continued to laugh.
"I get in so much trouble," Barr said.
"No, you're not in trouble," said Kimmel. "Listen, you express your views, crazy as they are."
In his broadcast on Wednesday, Kimmel talked about the news that ABC "Roseanne" put an end to it.
"You're not going to believe that, but she tweeted something outrageous," Kimmel said sarcastically. "I know, yes, right, the President did it too, it's crazy."
He called the cancellation of the ABC show a "huge blow" to his network.
"We do not have much in this network," he said. "We hope the NBA finals will be 11 games this year and we still show" America's Funniest Home Videos. "" Roseanne "was a big hit for ABC and we needed it."  But Kimmel joked, "The show has to go on."
"I have an idea that, in my opinion, makes this work for everyone." He said. In a sketch, he suggested a restart of the show without Barr and focused on her co-star John Goodman, who plays Dan Conners. His title? "Dan."
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