During his time on Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Fallon couldn’t go an entire sketch without breaking character. No matter what the sketch was about, if Fallon was in it, he was going to laugh. However, Tuesday Fallon wasn’t laughing….probably the only time.
Instead, Fallon, now the host of The Tonight Show, booted fellow SNL alum Norm MacDonald from his program. Why? Well, for something the comedian said about…the #MeToo movement.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, MacDonald spoke heresy. He said the following:
I’m happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a little bit. It used to be, “One hundred women can’t be lying.” And then it became, “One woman can’t lie.” And that became, “I believe all women.” And then you’re like, “What?” Like, that Chris Hardwick guy I really thought got the blunt end of the stick there.
He went on to say:
The model used to be: admit wrongdoing, show complete contrition and then we give you a second chance. Now it’s admit wrongdoing and you’re finished. And so the only way to survive is to deny, deny, deny. That’s not healthy — that there is no forgiveness. I do think that at some point it will end with a completely innocent person of prominence sticking a gun in his head and ending it. That’s my guess. I know a couple of people this has happened to.
Well, Louis [C.K.] and Roseanne [Barr] are the two people I know. And Roseanne was so broken up [after her show’s reboot was canceled] that I got Louis to call her, even though Roseanne was very hard on Louis before that. But she was just so broken and just crying constantly. There are very few people that have gone through what they have, losing everything in a day. Of course, people will go, “What about the victims?” But you know what? The victims didn’t have to go through that.
C’mon, is what MacDonald said all that offensive? Sure, saying the victims of sexual harassment did not go through losing their careers for what they said (Roseanne) or did (C.K.), probably wasn’t real smart to say out loud, especially to a journalist.
But tell me this, can you really argue with anything else the man said? Yes, I agree there has come some good from the #MeToo movement, sexual harassers should be brought to light and criminally charged. But it had also gotten to a point that if a woman accused a man of rape or sexual harassment, he was guilty in the court of public opinion, regardless of the facts. It was enough that she was a woman and he was a man and so therefore he was guilty. All MacDonald did was point out that simple fact, but questioning, even for a second, the #MeToo movement will not be tolerated.
Following all of the controversy surrounding his interview, MacDonald took to Twitter:
Roseanne and Louis have both been very good friends of mine for many years. They both made terrible mistakes and I would never defend their actions. If my words sounded like I was minimizing the pain that their victims feel to this day, I am deeply sorry.
— Norm Macdonald (@normmacdonald) September 11, 2018
The funnyman was set to appear on Fallon’s program to plug his new Netflix show, “Norm MacDonald has a Show.”
Check out the trailer: