Jimmy Kimmel is under fire for a joke he made the other night. By under fire, I mean some SJW from the Huffington Post without a sense of humor (but I repeat myself) wrote a think piece attacking him.
Picture it: Hollywood, 2016. Kimmel was interviewing Megan Fox and they made a joke about her pregnancy…
KIMMEL: You were not pregnant at all … Now it’s like, BOWM. A baby came right into your stomach.
FOX: There was a human growing in there. Yeah, I was definitely pregnant. I was already in my second trimester. I just had on, like, three pairs of Spanx and we were really harnessing that in.
KIMMEL: Do you feel, in a way, like you lied to me by coming out here pregnant and not indicating it in any way?
FOX: I mean, do you feel like I owe you that sort of intimate information?
KIMMEL: Yes, I do.
This is what we in the comedy profession call banter. The host and the guest have a tongue-in-cheek conversation with each other. People laugh.
Unless of course, you’re a HuffPo writer…
But as Fox said, she doesn’t owe this “intimate information” to Kimmel or anybody else. His invasive questioning shows exactly why some celebrities go to such lengths to hide their pregnancies. Whether you’re a famous actress or not, the world acts like your pregnancy is their business. Last time we checked, broadcasting your personal life was not part of the “actress” job description.
There’s a lot I can say about this, but Jimmy Kimmel already responded in the best way ever…
Dear @HuffingtonPost – Megan agreed to discuss this before the show, so fuck off
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) June 1, 2016
He’s right, by the way. This was a joke. A JOKE. HuffPo wrote a think piece in response to a joke.
This is where we are as a society. A late night talkshow host discussed with his guest, beforehand, about cracking a pregnancy joke. She agreed. She consented. They had some banter. On a late night talkshow. HuffPo wakes up in fits of rage. They target a co-leftist for daring to discuss pregnancy. Other “comedians” might have walked it back or apologized (read Sarah Silverman Caves to PC Speech Police – “Change with the times…”).
Kimmel tells them to eff off.
Credit where it’s due. If comedians can keep the pushback coming, we’ll keep applauding it.
Because they’re jokes, people. JOKES.