When comedian John Mulaney co-hosted Jimmy Kimmel Live! Just last week, he joked that unlike the titular host, he wouldn’t “ruin the show by suddenly crying in the monologue.”
It’s true that Jimmy Kimmel has earned a reputation for getting emotional during what is supposedly a comedy show. But it was always for good reason, whether it was after his young son almost died or after horrific mass shootings in his hometown of Las Vegas and a high school in Parkland, Florida.
And as he said to an empty theater before his show began Wednesday night, “Here we are again on another day of mourning in this country.”
Tears came almost immediately as Kimmel spoke of “the little boys and girls whose lives have been ended and their families destroyed” after a teenage gunman shot dead an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
As Kimmel put it, “Our leaders on the right, the ‘Americans’ in Congress and at Fox News and that other media outlet, are warning us not to politicize this” because “they don’t want to talk about it — because they know what they’re doing.” ‘have done. And they know what they didn’t do, and they know there’s no justification for it. So they better sweep that under the rug.”
The host spoke out in favor of “sound gun laws” that have consistently failed to pass Congress. “But it doesn’t have to be like that, not for that,” he said.
He specifically reached out to Republican leaders in Texas like Greg Abbott, Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, who have pointed to anything but stricter firearm regulations to stop this.
“They don’t want to talk about it – because they know what they did. And they know what they didn’t do, and they know there’s no justification for it. So they’d better sweep that under the rug.”
“If your solution to the child massacre is armed guards, you haven’t been paying attention to what’s going on,” Kimmel said. “There was an armed guard in Buffalo. There was an armed guard in Parkland. There was an armed guard in Uvalde. They had armed guards. There were armed police at the scene and these killings are still happening.”
Addressing his longtime political nemesis head-on, he said, “I don’t think Ted Cruz doesn’t care about kids. I refuse to believe that he is unaffected by this. he is a father I bet he went to bed sick last night. It’s easy to call someone a monster. But he’s not a monster, he’s human. And some people might not like it when I say that, but it’s true.”
“So here’s what I want to say to Ted Cruz, the people, and to Governor Abbott and everyone else,” he continued. “It’s okay to admit you made a mistake. In fact, it’s not only okay, it’s necessary to admit you made a mistake when your mistake is killing the kids in your state.
“It takes a big person to do something like that,” Kimmel added. “It takes a brave person to do something like that. And do I think these men are brave people? No, I do not. But man, I’d love it if they surprised me.”
Kimmel got even more emotional when he pointed out that there have been 27 school shootings in the country so far this year. “How does that make sense to anyone?” he asked. “These are our children. And our representatives should represent us.”
And he wasn’t just pointing fingers at Republicans. “It’s not ‘her’ fault anymore,” he said. “It’s our fault now. Because we get angry, we demand action, we don’t get it, they wait it out, and we go back to the life we should rightfully be able to go back to.
“But you know who doesn’t forget that?” he asked. “The parents of the children at Sandy Hook and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and now Robb Elementary School. You will not forget it.”
But if he hoped his message would get through to Texas leaders, it wasn’t going to be easy. After the show aired, Kimmel tweeted that the ABC affiliate in Dallas cut his monologue. Whether the decision to censor his speech was intentional or accidental, he vowed, “I’ll find out.”
https://www.thedailybeast.com/jimmy-kimmel-breaks-down-in-emotional-reaction-to-uvalde-texas-shooting?source=articles&via=rss Jimmy Kimmel collapses in emotional response to shooting in Uvalde, Texas