Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue was somber and serious tonight, as the late-night host shared his thoughts on the George Floyd death in Minneapolis and its aftermath.
Kimmel ran down the facts of the case as he saw them, and lamented “the senseless acts of violence that were brought on by a senseless act of violence,” and “the loop we get stuck into,” which, he claimed, devolves into a litany of finger-pointing and blame shifting.
But worse, Kimmel said, was President Donald Trump’s Twitter threat 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?” He concluded, “Enough is enough. We’ve got to vote this guy out already.”
Kimmel then shared a video that has gone viral. In it, Nashville actor Tyler Merritt, in a close-up, recites a monologue titled Before You Call The Cops.
Merritt reveals facts about his life, ranging from the mundane to the serious, noting 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.”
Watch the Kimmel video, titled “Justice For George”, above.