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Jimmy Kimmel No Longer the ‘Moral Conscience of America’

Jimmy Kimmel No Longer the ‘Moral Conscience of America’

Clown nose off, clown nose on.

Jimmy Kimmel is pulling the same old trick Jon Stewart used for years. When discussing a topic like healthcare or gun control, he’s a serious policy wonk. When something comes up that’s inconvenient or embarrassing to Democrats, hey – he’s just a TV host.

That’s basically how Kimmel defended his lack of interest in the Harvey Weinstein scandal during an interview with Good Morning America.

Matt Wilstein writes at the Daily Beast:

Jimmy Kimmel Defends Lack of Harvey Weinstein Jokes: I’m Not the ‘Moral Conscience of America’

After he spoke out so forcefully on both health care and gun control over the past month, many late-night viewers might have expected Jimmy Kimmel do the same about the sexual harassment and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein. When he didn’t, Kimmel’s right-wing critics — including Donald Trump Jr. — were quick to accuse him of liberal bias. Was he protecting the Democratic donor and his fellow “Hollywood elite” in a way he would never do for Donald Trump?

Kimmel pushed back hard on those assertions on Friday during an interview with Good Morning America’s Amy Robach to promote his upcoming week of Brooklyn tapings, during which he also welcomed the idea of having President Trump on his show. “Maybe this is crazy, but I feel like I could turn him around on a couple of things,” he said…

“First of all, the Harvey Weinstein thing, people like this false equivalence of that’s somehow equivalent to what happened in Las Vegas,” Kimmel added, arguing that the alleged assault of dozens of women does not deserve the same reaction as the killing of nearly 60 people. He said that Weinstein is “not a friend of mine,” adding, “I’m not in the movie business.” As a once and future Oscar host who is friends with many of the movie stars in Weinstein’s orbit, that claim is a hard one to buy.

On GMA, Kimmel went on to accuse “gun nuts” of “trying take any comedy bit I did out of context and use it as some kind of proof” that he is not an ally for women, including some pretty gross moments from The Man Show.

“They’re saying that I’m calling myself the moral conscience of America, which I most certainly never did and most certainly never would,” he declared.

Watch below. The video is cued to start at the 3:43 mark.

Where did Jimmy Kimmel get the idea that he’s the moral conscience of America, anyway?

Maybe he reads CNN:

How Jimmy Kimmel became America’s conscience

If, at any earlier time in his career, anyone had suggested to Jimmy Kimmel that people would someday be citing him as the conscience of the nation, he would surely have done the world’s greatest spit-take.

But just a couple of weeks after his emotional stand against the latest Republican effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Kimmel is back stage center, this time in the renewed debate about gun control. Kimmel’s impassioned, tearful plea for action on guns after his hometown of Las Vegas was ravaged by a killer wielding an arsenal was the centerpiece of a universal cry of despair that marked the response to the tragedy among late-night television hosts Monday night.

And Kimmel is, indeed, being showered in praise by gun control advocates for taking the outspoken stand he did in his opening monologue.

Of course, he is being equally assailed by pro-gun advocates on the right for using his entertainment platform to advance views they dismiss as liberal nonsense. If they were going to pummel him on social media for taking a stand after nearly losing his newborn son, they surely weren’t going to allow him a shred of credit for putting his human face on the gun-control debate.

Perhaps Jimmy could do a segment about Weinstein called the War on Women. Oh wait, that’s already been used.

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notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | October 14, 2017 at 1:27 pm

Jimmy Kimmel – the ‘Moral Conscience of No One- EVAH’

I am my own moral conscience and need no soi disant ‘celebrity’ attempting to do that job for me … especially since so many of them appear to have neither conscience nor morals! This is simply one more reason why my TV viewing is confined to a few (very few) PBS shows, certain things on the History Channel, and the local weather.

I spend time every week taking the garbage out; I don’t need the babble-box dumping more into the living room!

DINORightMarie | October 14, 2017 at 1:41 pm

“War on women.” Clever. 😉

Seriously, though – THAT should be what is being shouted from the rooftops: Bill “Cigar” Clinton, Anthony “Minor-Sexting” Weiner, Harvey “serial womanizer” Weinstein….what have they got in common? Let’s say it together: ALL DEMOCRATS. (…and I know I could find MANY more like them, if I wanted to look….)

As we’ve all been saying for a long time…..the REAL “war on women” is from Democrats, and all this Alinsky-ing of the Republicans is projection.

    Walker Evans in reply to DINORightMarie. | October 14, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    Funny thing, that. There is another strange fact – and it is a fact – about Democrats: every single mass shooter has been a member of that party! It seems to me we could save more lives if we left “assault rifles” alone and banned Democrats.

I only watched Kimmel’s show once.

His monologue was terrible and the audience was dead. He then told a Lindsay Lohan joke to get some fake laughs (didn’t work). He then told a mean-spirited unfunny Sara Palin joke (a few claps from idiots).

He was desperate out there.

He then called for a video which showed a drunk older black man dancing in the street-the video ended with the poor guy being hit by a car. Jimmy raised his hands in triumph and the crowd cheered.

Sick people following a sick man. But a big liberal democrat can do very violent racist routines and get away with it.

That’s Kimmel’s conscience. Never watched him again.

    MadisonS in reply to JOHN B. | October 14, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    I watched it twice:my first and my last.

    It is highly obvious ‘that taped before a live studio audience’ does not mean watching real time audience reactions but highly edited reactions. especially when the audience does not follow the cues to laugh, guffaw or moan

After this Tina Brown interview it is clear to me why the late night hosts won’t go after Weinstein.1. They have not been given permission to by the producers 2. Someone in the chain owes Weinstein and 3, not said by Brown, but clear from the behavior of other male actors, Weinstein was a procurer.
Here is the Brown interview.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to puhiawa. | October 14, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    How many of those TV creatures, like the late night talk show creatures are in the same bed with Weinstein – in the same boat as Weinstein I mean…………..

If you want to know why camel is not talking about this look in his closet.

Every news article I read in SF Bay Area newspapers after the death of Hugh Hefner mentioned he was a great supporter of civil rights, liberator of women and friend of feminist. The one word never used was misogynist despite his braggadocio about how many women he claimed to have “nailed.”

    DaveGinOly in reply to MadisonS. | October 14, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    There’s almost certainly a huge difference between Hefner and Weinstein – women came to Hefner knowing that allowing him to “nail” them could help make them famous. Women who were introduced to Weinstein were hoping to become famous too, but didn’t come to Harvey to get “nailed” along the line. “Nailing” a lot of women under consensual conditions and then bragging about it is not “misogynistic” given the conditions. Trump bragged about the same thing – consensual sex. Do you think that women who have consensual sex with famous men don’t brag to each other about it? There are “predatory” women out there too, and some men (like Hefner) are fine with that.

Another self-aggrandizing, sanctimonious, dim-witted showbiz phony and hypocrite. What a surprise.

The country will be much better off when the media doesn’t look to rappers, actors, comedians and pro athletes for political guidance, or otherwise treat their political opinions with reverence and deference, as though they represented sagacity.

Who says this guy isn’t funny?