Jimmy Kimmel was asked, during an interview, how he felt about losing viewers due to his recent criticisms of various events going on.
He stated that it was “not ideal” and though it wasn’t “good riddance” he would do it all over again in a heartbeat.
“I want everyone with a television to watch the show, but if they’re so turned off by my opinion on health care and gun violence, then…I don’t know, I probably wouldn’t want to have a conversation with them anyway.”
I don’t know… maybe he feels like he’s made enough money and doesn’t care who watches his show anymore? Maybe it’s time for a new gig, Kimmel?
This is questionable at best: Kimmel stated on national television that “gun nuts” knew “in their hearts” that they bore responsibility for the Las Vegas massacre, and attributed Republican legislative support for gun rights to supposed payoffs from the National Rifle Association. For him to back off the moral indignation now is disingenuous.
It’s that point that should demonstrate the echo chamber in which Kimmel lives. I have spent virtually all of my life as a political minority in the areas in which I live — Los Angeles and Cambridge, Massachusetts. I seek out conversations with people with whom I disagree. After all, my goal is to convince those who disagree that they ought to consider a different point of view. I’d love to have conversations with Kimmel’s audience, even if they disagreed — hell, particularly if they disagreed.
Kimmel has every right to speak on issues he sees fit, but if he doesn’t understand that his tenor and tone are insulting to those he supposedly seeks to convert, then what’s the purpose of making those comments? If he derides those who disagree as ignoramuses who should just tune out, why make the point?