Jamie Foxx has defended fellow comedian Jimmy Fallon for donning blackface to impersonate Chris Rock on TV 20 years ago.
Fallon has apologized for taking part in the 2000 Saturday Night Live sketch, calling it a “terrible decision”, but Foxx insists he didn’t need to.
“He was doing an impression of Chris Rock,” he said in a post on Instagram. “It wasn’t black face… I know it’s a tough time right now. But this one is a stretch.”
In his apology, released on Tuesday (May 26, 2020), Fallon wrote:
In 2000, while on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface. There is no excuse for this.
I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable.
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) May 26, 2020