Jimmy Kimmel has earned a reputation as a Resistance warrior for his anti-Trump, anti-NRA comments, but let’s see how his cred holds up after this tweet about Roseanne Barr:
What @TheRealRoseanne said is indefensible, but angrily attacking a woman who is obviously not well does no good for anyone. Please take a breath and remember that mental health issues are real. The Roseanne I know could probably use some compassion and help right now.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) May 30, 2018
Kimmel, who CNN has called “America’s conscience,” really stepped in it this time with a lot of people. Here’s just a small sampling:
Do u know what indefensible means x
— Holly x (@hollyshortall) May 30, 2018
Racism is now a mental illness? ?
— ?? Lori ?? (@coalsmom) May 30, 2018
Mental health is not an excuse for the vile things she has and continues, even today, to retweet
— Ira (@ira) May 30, 2018
Mental illness does not make a person racist. Conflating the two is irresponsible and stigmatizing. https://t.co/DJsZKSqLba
— Jenna Ruddock (@natlsciservice) May 30, 2018
Textbook example of how everyday racism is excused and coddled by people who “mean well”. https://t.co/hUeAMYKSUn
— Karen Attiah (@KarenAttiah) May 30, 2018
For fuq sake
Stop trying to explain away people's hatred by using mental illness https://t.co/3M8tk2UeNf
— LucyEire | im gay (@LucyDEire) May 30, 2018
One can have mental health issues and also be a terrible person. https://t.co/LyyxnjZfVM
— Quinn Cummings (@quinncy) May 30, 2018
What @therealroseanne said is indefensible.
Just stop there. You could have stopped there. But no, you decided to be ableist and throw mentally ill people under the bus.
Racism is not a mental illness. https://t.co/cHXNxwOa8x
— Nish Weiseth (@NishWeiseth) May 30, 2018
You: “What Roseanne said was indefensible”
Also you: *comes to her defense* pic.twitter.com/XBPYWtaBvM
— Nic (@kanyesicecream) May 30, 2018
Wow. Jimmy really picks and chooses his compassion, doesn’t he? https://t.co/wZNJGDOTzN
— Kathleen McKinley (@KatMcKinley) May 30, 2018
At least Kimmel hasn’t blamed the NRA. Not yet anyway.