A petition to boycott ABC’s late-night host Jimmy Kimmel has exceeded 150,000 signatures after the Live host dedicated a segment of his show on Monday to mocking First Lady Melania Trump and her accent.
“We may not get him kicked off the air,” reads the recently launched petition, which calls for the boycott of Jimmy Kimmel Live. “But we can send a message that these attacks on our First Lady will NOT be tolerated!”
“No White House Easter celebration would be complete without story time with our first lady,” Kimmel said.
“Be clever and curious, just like a cat,” Mrs. Trump reads in the video played by Kimmel. “Ask lots of questions. about this and that.”
While his audience laughed along, Kimmel delivered a mocking impression of the first lady’s accent, saying, “Yeah, about dees and dat.”
“Guillermo, you know what this means, you could be first lady of the United States,” Kimmel said to his Mexican immigrant sidekick.
Where does @JimmyKimmel get off making fun of @FLOTUS Melania Trump’s accent? Is he going to make fun of someone from Boston? TX? Or is it just the accents of immigrants he mocks? The woman speaks 5 languages for Pete’s sake! He’s out of line. https://t.co/9hUKWq9BzS
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) April 8, 2018
Ah the famous double standard…….
If any Republican ever mocked Michele Obama for her appearance or other immutable trait the left would be going bonkers. But somehow it’s ok for Kimmel to engage in this classless mockery of the First Lady. #JimmyKimmel https://t.co/FBw9Swm8bu
— Brad Kauffman (@Kauffman126) April 3, 2018
The boycott organizers plan to mail the petition to “the front door of Disney/ABC Studios in Burbank, CA.”
“Let’s send a message that these attacks on our First Lady will NOT be tolerated!” the group said.
Kimmel — who is facing fierce criticism for repeatedly making grotesque gay sex jokes about Fox News host Sean Hannity and President Donald Trump — said last month that he’d seen polling that shows his anti-Trump rhetoric “has cost me commercially.”
“That’s not ideal, but I wouldn’t change anything I said,” Kimmel said defiantly.