We already knew that Jimmy Fallon doesn’t hold back when it comes to addressing serious, critical issues.
But this time, in the aftermath of the horrific events of this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, he might have delivered his most powerful, politically charged statement yet.
“What happened over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, was just disgusting. I was watching the news like everyone else, and you’re seeing Nazi flags and torches and white supremacists, and I was sick to my stomach,” he said, tears welling in his eyes.
Fallon, who last September was accused of normalising candidate Trump on The Tonight Show, said his kids, who “don’t know what hate is,” need people to look up to. Not only parents and teachers, but also “leaders who appeal to the best in us.”
“The fact that it took the president two days to come out and clearly denounce racists and white supremacists is shameful,” he charged.
He then paid tribute to Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old who was killed in Charlottesville “standing up for what’s right.”
“We all need to stand against what is wrong, acknowledge that racism exists, and stand up for all that is right, and civil, and kind,” Fallon continued, still fighting back tears.
“And to show the next generation that we haven’t forgot how hard people have fought for human rights. We cannot do this. We can’t go back. We can’t go back.”
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