In the latest behavior update from host and TV show host, comedian and interviewer, Jimmy Kimmel, the hashtags #JimmyKimmelRacist and #StopAsianHate were seen on Twitter on January 29. Fans and non-fans alike of sensational South Korean boy band BTS were rallying behind the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” host, and for good reason.
The TV presenter had repeated his comments about BTS during the latest episode of his talk show. Just a week after comparing “BTS fever” to COVID-19, Jimmy Kimmel has now hinted that the group is deadly like the Omicron BA.2 variant of the virus.
His opening statements included the words, “You know, these variants, all the different variants, remind me of the boy bands of the late 90s and early 2000s. You know, you had the greatest ones, like the Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, then it turned into O-Town and 98 Degrees. And we brought up the Jonas Brothers, Big Time Rush. They continued to separate in different directions, eventually One Direction. And they took pieces, and it popped up all over the world, until finally we got to one that’s so contagious it destroys all life on earth.
Leaving it at that, fans quickly realized he probably meant BTS to be the “infectious variant that destroys all life on earth,” considering how the boy band took the world by storm with their unprecedented success. . Viewers were equally quick to call him out for being racist yet again, in fact just a week after his comments about BTS came under fire. People are appalled at his blatant racism towards a group that has only been good to the host and want him to stop hating Asians.
For the uninitiated, Jimmy Kimmel made a similar joke last week when guest Ashley Park was talking about her experience with the band members in response to her cover of “Dynamite.” Check out his remarks below.
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