Hollywood comedians have spent the past two years attacking the President.
While some is what is expected from comedians, some of it has gone too far.
And one major comedian just went too far, and may lose his job over it.
Late night comedy host Jimmy Kimmel spent an entire segment attacking First Lady Melania Trump instead of going after President Trump.
In the segment, Kimmel attacked Melania for her accent as she was reading a children’s book at the annual White House “Easter Egg Roll.”
In response, Trump supporters began a boycott of his show on ABC.
An online petition calling for people to support the boycott was started with the goal of delivering 50,000 petitions to the headquarters of ABC’s studios in Burbank, CA.
Not only did the petition reach its goal, it has gotten more than three times the anticipated signatures at 200,000 signers.
The petition makes it clear that attacks on the First Lady will not be tolerated.
As reported by Fox News:
“ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel’s recent jokes about first lady Melania Trump are apparently offending a lot of viewers.
An online petition launched recently, calling for a boycott of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” and has exceeded its goal of 50,000 signatures. Organizers say the petition will eventually be sent to “the front door of Disney/ABC Studios” Burbank, Calif.
“We may not get him kicked off the air,” the petition says. “But we can send a message that these attacks on our First Lady will NOT be tolerated!”
Specifically, offended viewers appear to take issue with Kimmel’s jokes about the first lady’s Slovenian accent. On Monday, he mocked Melania Trump’s reading to children during a White House Easter celebration.
“Dees and dat,” Kimmel joked, of her pronunciation of “this or that.”
Kimmel’s targeting of the first lady seems to contradict the network’s recent assertions that it has captured the hearts of middle America since launching the rebooted “Roseanne” sitcom.
In fact, beleaguered ABC President Ben Sherwood trumpeted his programming acumen to the New York Times the day after “Roseanne” scored massive ratings, claiming that ABC executives had a meeting the morning after the election about how they could better reach Middle America.
But Sherwood — who insiders say is fighting for his job as ABC remains mired in fourth place — has been a particular champion of Kimmel’s over the years. When he was president of ABC News, he reportedly supported the network moving Kimmel’s low-rated late night show into the more favorable time slot long occupied by ABC News’ “Nightline.” Later, as ABC president, Sherwood would personally lobby the Academy for Kimmel to host the Oscars.”
This boycott of Jimmy Kimmel’s show could very easily send a message to ABC, who has seen recent success with the reboot of “Roseanne.”
The goal with “Rosanne’s” reboot was to capture middle-America, and it has, with massive viewership numbers.
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