Jimmy Kimmel was called out for his ‘white privilege’ after he joked that he would report fellow comedian John Oliver to ICE at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards.
The Emmy Awards kicked off Sunday in an unusual way as nominees dressed to perfection and set up cameras in their homes to attend the virtual ceremony.
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences tapped Kimmel again to host the awards ceremony after two previous stints in 2012 and 2016.
But on Sunday, Kimmel upset some viewers when he made a joke about US immigration and customs enforcement and John Oliver.
HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver won Outstanding Variety Talk Series for the fifth consecutive year since 2015.
Every year Oliver’s late-night talk show has won the Emmy Award, beating Jimmy Kimmel Live.
After the loss this year, Kimmel applauded the Englishman with a joke that fell flat.
“Congratulations again John Oliver, I’ll report him to ICE,” said Kimmel.
Shortly after, many viewers took to Twitter to voice their displeasure at the joke amid reports that immigrant women in a Georgia facility had reportedly undergone “ massive hysterectomies. ”
Jimmy Kimmel (pictured) was chosen to host the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, making it the third time he has spearheaded the awards show
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver has consecutively won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Talk Series for the past five years
“ The amount of white privilege it took Jimmy Kimmel to get on stage at a national television event and make a joke about ice cream and not let anyone tell him that’s not okay is absolutely amazing to me, ” one wrote. person on Twitter.
‘@Jimmykimmel @De Emmy, what’s so funny about ice cream?’
Another Twitter user admitted ‘that Kimmel is not that funny’.
Especially when he jokes about ICE and the systemic terror they cause, or any of his other very weird jokes.
One person commented that it was Hispanic Heritage Month and Kimmel’s joke came amid a small Latinx appearance at the Emmy Awards.
Happy Hispanic Heritage Month from the #Emymies where the only Latinx representation we got is Count von Count ft. Lin Manual [and] America Ferrera with a prize and Jimmy Kimmel’s tasteless and hurtful ICE joke, ‘they wrote.
A number of Emmy Award viewers shared their displeasure with Jimmy Kimmel’s joke on Twitter
One person noted that making jokes about ICE takes away the “systemic terror they cause.”
Happy Hispanic Heritage Month from the #Emymies where the only Latinx representation we got is Count von Count ft. Lin Manual [and] America Ferrera presents a prize and Jimmy Kimmel’s tasteless and hurtful ICE joke ‘
Others shared similar sentiments, pointing out that families have faced deportations from ICE and that it’s no laughing matter.
‘My father has been deported. He was literally put on a plane with two federal agents. He was chained. He was dropped off at Heathrow Airport and that’s it, ‘one person wrote.
Making an ICE joke isn’t funny, period. Making an ICE joke at an awards show that I was hoping to enjoy? F *** you, Jimmy Kimmel. ‘
One person wrote that Ice is ‘tearing families apart’ and another wondered how Kimmel could make the joke ‘in this political climate’.
Charlotte Clymer, an activist and writer, summed up the thoughts of the internet by saying, ‘Ewwww … Jimmy Kimmel. No jokes about ICE calling, please. Thanks.’
One person shared their experience with ICE deportations and considered the joke insensitive
A Twitter user discovered that Kimmel’s joke was inappropriate and asked, “What’s so funny about people tearing families apart?”
Twitter user: Jimmy Kimme; making an ICE joke in this political climate ??? yes he did not think carefully
Charlotte Clymer: ‘Ewwww… Jimmy Kimmel. No jokes about ICE calling, please. Thanks’
Last week, a whistleblower who previously worked at an ICE facility in Georgia filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security, alleging that “ massive hysterectomies ” were being performed on immigrant women.
Dawn Wooten, a former nurse at the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, acknowledged in the complaint that some women may have needed hysterectomies, but “everyone’s uterus can’t be that bad.”
She testified that the immigrant women had been referred to an unknown doctor outside the detention center because of ‘high hysterectomies’ and many women did not understand why the procedure was performed.
“Everyone he sees has a hysterectomy – just about everyone,” Wooten said. “He even took the wrong ovary from a young lady.”
ICE said in a statement that since 2018, only two women have been referred to an outside gynecologist for hysterectomies.
The Office of the Inspector General has opened an investigation into the matter.