The hashtags #JimmyKimmelRacist and #StopAsianHate were trending on Twitter on January 29 in response to the newest update on Jimmy Kimmel’s behavior as a TV show host, presenter, comic, and interviewer. Fans and non-fans of BTS, the phenomenal South Korean boy band, were rallying against Jimmy Kimmel Live’s host, and rightly so.
In the most recent episode of his talk show, the TV host reiterated his statements against BTS. Jimmy Kimmel has insinuated that the ‘BTS fever’ is fatal like the Omicron BA.2 form of the virus, just a week after equating it to COVID-19.
His opening statements included the words, “You know, these variants, all the different variants, remind me of the boy bands in the late 90s and the early 2000s. You know, you had the big ones, like Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, and then that mutated into O-Town and 98 Degrees. And we had the Jonas Brothers popped up, Big Time Rush. They kept splitting off in different directions, eventually One Direction. And they took pieces, and it popped up all over the world until eventually, we get to one that’s so contagious it destroys all life on earth.”
Leaving it at that, fans quickly deduced that he was referring to BTS as the ‘contagious variety that eliminates all life on Earth,’ given the boy group’s phenomenal success around the world.
Onlookers were quick to accuse him of being racist once more, just a week after his previous comments on BTS drew criticism. People are outraged by his open hatred toward a community that has been nothing but helpful to the host, and they want him to stop hating Asians.
“Even Donald Trump is not allowed to have that”
For the unversed, Jimmy Kimmel made a similar joke last week when guest Ashley Park was discussing how the members of the group reacted to her song of Dynamite. BTS’ presence on Jimmy Kimmel Live! was discussed, as well as how the supporters, known as ARMY, camped outside before their arrival.
He also made fun of the fans’ devotion, adding, “They might still be out in the parking lot,” and cautioned that followers “can attack”. “Then you won’t get attacked,” he said in response to Ashley Park’s declaration that he was a member of the fandom.
The actor also revealed how the BTS members opened up their personal Instagram profiles just in time for the second season of ‘Emily in Paris,’ as she described her sentiments as a fan. “Even Donald Trump is not allowed to have that,” the late-night presenter said, referring to the suspension of the former US President’s account.
Ashley Park also expressed her surprise at BTS’ RM’s reaction to her cover of ‘Dynamite,’ as well as fellow member V’s update on the whole situation on his own account, which left her dumbfounded.
She also mentioned being unable to move or react due to the shock, before revealing how she was diagnosed with the Omicron version of the COVID-19 virus, to which Jimmy Kimmel responded, “You thought it was BTS fever. They’re both very dangerous,” he said next. ” You’re lucky to come out of those alive.” Take a look at the video below to see the interview.
However, after that, he made remarks this week as well which we mentioned above. Fans have expressed their displeasure with the host’s racist remarks and have called him out on it. At the time of writing, Jimmy Kimmel was trending on Twitter. What are your thoughts on the matter? Let us know in the comments section below.