Jimmy Kimmel’s show is one we turn to for laughs and a good time, but this week’s show was a somber one. His monologue wasn’t packed with hilarious jokes, but instead serious comments about the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the aftermath.
Kimmel began by going over all of the facts surrounding the case and then stated that “the senseless acts of violence that were brought on by a senseless act of violence,” and “the loop we get stuck into,” which, he added devolves into a litany of “finger-pointing and blame-shifting.”
Kimmel then talked about Donald Trump making threats on Twitter to shoot looters.
“I especially want to pose this question to older people who have seen racial conflict before: “Is this who you want leading us for President?”
Kimmel wrapped the show up with, “Enough is enough. We’ve got to vote this guy out already.”
Kimmel shared a viral video of Nashville actor Tyler Merritt, who recites a monologue titled “Before You Call the Cops.”
In the monologue, Merritt shares facts about his life from the mundane to the serious. He notes that he hates the notion “that anyone at all might possibly be afraid of me.”
“I’m a proud man,” Merritt says. “I’m a proud black man.” But he then asks: “Does any of this really matter?”
He answers his own question: “No. I just wanted you to get to know me better before you call the cops.”
You can see Merritt’s monologue here.
You can watch Jimmy Kimmel’s somber monologue below.