Jimmy Kimmel’s Crocodile Tears

A day or two after the massacre in Las Vegas, American talk show host Jimmy Kimmel went on stage with a passionate plea to “do something”. Political commentator Ben Shapiro took issue with this, and made a video dissecting Kimmel’s words. Below is Shapiro’s video which includes clips of Kimmel speaking. I’m not going to ask anyone to watch the whole thing unless they’re really interested, but please look at it between 1:10 and 2:30.

Shapiro says he believes Kimmel is sincere, but I think he’s being rather generous: to me it looks like bad acting, hamming it up for the camera.

Since I’ve been living in Paris there have been two gun-massacres: Charlie Hebdo and the Bataclan Theatre. Both were shocking and induced a numb, almost surreal atmosphere in the place but neither reduced me to tears. Now Kimmel was raised in Las Vegas since the age of nine, but still, I don’t think news of a shooting in Pembroke would have me blubbering in the office. Now if Kimmel lost close friends and acquaintances in the attacks, I would understand. I’d also understand if he was there at the time: the trauma of being involved in these things can reduce ordinary people to a gibbering wreck. Now perhaps Kimmel listened to or read the accounts of the survivors just before walking on stage: they can be both harrowing and heartbreaking, even decades after an event, but even then I doubt they’d make him cry in the middle of doing his job.

That’s not to say men don’t get emotional. I lost my best friend last year and talking about him still brings me out in tears, that’s just the way it is. And I occasionally find myself choking up at a particularly moving scene from a film or book: the writers of the Toy Story sequels had an exceptional talent for this. A scene where Woody’s horse is told he can’t go with his master is emotional manipulation on a scale that ought to banned outright. My point is not that men don’t get emotional, it’s that men don’t get all teary over the murder of people they don’t know and didn’t witness. Women might, but then women cry over damned near anything. Men, when faced with news of a terrorist attack or mass murder, get angry not upset. They want to go out and exact a terrible revenge, not weep in public. Kimmel has gone on stage without deciding whether he wants to be upset or angry which suggests he’s neither, he just wants to score political points and virtue-signal.

Earlier this year Kimmel’s newborn son received life-saving medical treatment, which he used as the basis of his opposition to the Trump administration’s healthcare reforms:

During his opening monologue on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday, host Jimmy Kimmel cried openly.

His eyes welled up first, as he described the recent birth of his weeks-old son. And then Kimmel struggled to speak, as he recounted how, within hours of Billy’s birth, a nurse noticed that he was purple and whisked him away for observation.

“Now more doctors and nurses and equipment come in, and it’s a terrifying thing,” Kimmel said, the emotion obvious in his voice. “My wife is back in the recovery room, she has no idea what’s going on, and I’m standing in a room full of worried-looking people—kind of like right now.” The team discovered Billy had a congenital heart defect. He was rushed into emergency surgery.

Now it is perfectly normal for a man to get emotional and cry when talking about the near-death of his newborn son. Whether it is appropriate to do so on national television in order to make a political point is less certain. I’d say no, frankly. That sort of stuff should be kept private unless specifically related to the subject at hand, and especially not wielded as a political club.

I reckon after the episode about his son, Kimmel thought it made him look better – more “passionate”, “vulnerable”, and “human” – and so he’s decided to make it his shtick. Now it might be popular among women and the legions of rather wet men that inhabit the modern west, but most men ought to be retching over the back of the sofa at this performance. I wanted to slap his silly face and tell him to pull himself together. Men don’t cry over this sort of thing, and if they do – well, God help us.

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11 thoughts on “Jimmy Kimmel’s Crocodile Tears

  1. I’d never heard of him, but having checked out the man and his role, I’m not too bothered by this. In a news-reader or serious commentator it would be unprofessional. But maybe there is a role for people to appear on TV and emote about current affairs. Just as sections of the population like to see ranters, bigots, and depressives play out their stuff, they also like to see grown men getting tearful about stuff that doesn’t directly affect them. It’s unseemly, for sure, but a grown man crying or otherwise emoting will always attract the horrified fascination of onlookers.

  2. Mr Tim, it’s showbiz for heaven’s sake. He’s paid to be bogus.

    Indeed, but he’s being touted by the MSM as some sort of deep-thinker. But then I suppose the MSM is also showbiz these days.

  3. “Shapiro says he believes Kimmel is sincere, but I think he’s being rather generous: to me it looks like bad acting, hamming it up for the camera”

    It is impossible to fake tears. I couldn’t see any tears although the moisture content looked up, so lets just say he was tearing up, if he teared up through an acquired method he uses to induce tears then that is good acting on his behalf, so he was either genuinely weeping or acting very well, there is no other option.

  4. If you ever had to sit through Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth flannel, there is a completely embarrassing moment where he filmed at the bedside of his son. We had to watch this in a company meeting, so there was no escape. I was particularly proud of the fact I managed to keep it to dry heaves.

  5. It is impossible to fake tears.

    C’mon Bardon, you have kids and I don’t, and even I know they’re not that hard to fake.

  6. “I reckon after the episode about his son, Kimmel thought it made him look better – more “passionate”, “vulnerable”, and “human” – and so he’s decided to make it his shtick. Now it might be popular among women…”

    Not this one it isn’t! The phrase, ‘Man up, you pussy!’ sprang to mind.

  7. It reminds me of the interview with David Lammy talking about Grenfell Tower. It’s just too controlled. It feels too deliberate.

  8. I assume he was upset. But its the external displacement of emotion.

    Something is wrong in his life and he is blaming the Republican political party. People do this when they aren’t self aware or are narcissists.

    I think displacement explains alot of leftist commentary, because senior leftists tend to be horrible people who deel guilty.

    Or I could be wrong.

  9. My 2nd son also got whisked away after delivery and not brought back so I went and check and found him under a lamp with a doctor holding a breathing apparatus on hand. It was just precautionary, and although it worried me slightly, I trusted the medical team (the NHS is mostly crap but when it comes to emergency, they know their stuff). But crying? Of joy maybe. Nothing these lefties do is sincere.

  10. Didn’t Hillary cry in public in her democratic nomination race with Obama? If she forced them out, it didn’t earn her the votes she thought it might by being so very caring, etc.

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