Jimmy Fallon knocked off Monday’s Tonight Show by addressing the events in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend, and although his show isn’t political by nature, Fallon said he felt it was his responsibility to speak up against the spiteful and racist rhetoric “hes seen” on the news.
Like mostly everyone else, Fallon was terrified and outraged by the see of neo-Nazis and white supremacists who took to the streets of Charlottesville. Some of them violently assaulted counterprotestors, and one white supremacist reportedly drove his car into groupings of counterprotestors and turned it, resulting in the death of Heather Heyer and injuring at least 19 others. While President Donald Trump initially decreed that there exist hatred “on many sides” in Charlottesville, it took him two days to betray abhor groups after near-universal disapproval that he didn’t do enough to denounce Nazis and white supremacy.
With his ardours on the surface, Fallon amazed after watching what occurred in Charlottesville how he would explain to his daughters–ages 2 and 4–how so much hatred existed in the world.
“As teenagers grow up, they need people to look up to, be demonstrating what’s right and good, ” Fallon said. “They need parents and schoolteachers, and there is a requirement to managers who appeal to the best in us. The fact that it took the president 2 day to come out and clear betray prejudiceds and white supremacists is shameful. And I think he lastly spoke out because people everywhere countenanced up and said something. It’s important for everyone–especially white people in this country–to speak out against this. Dismissing it is just as bad as supporting it.”
Fallon has been on the receiving end of backlash from reviewers for what they perceived as his persona in normalizing Trump ever since his Trump interview aired almost one year ago. And while Fallon’s statement against white supremacy might not change some of their sentiments, he’s likely speaking to members of his audience that other late-night legions can’t reach.
He praised the people who have been on the right side of biography and called for everyone to do what is right in the face of the kind of fright that’s now openly operating in the U.S.
“We all is a requirement to put against “whats wrong”, acknowledge that intolerance exists, and stand up for all that is right, and civil, and nature, ” he said. “And to show the next generation that we haven’t forgotten how hard people have fought for human rights. We cannot do this. We can’t go back. We can’t go backward.”
H/ T The Daily Beast