I know I’ve already condemned Jimmy Kimmel, TV’s most revolting and successful fick , this year, and I wish that was enough. I don’t like even thinking about the man; it depresses me profoundly that a major network pays millions to such a miserable human being to be such a miserable human being. Jimmy is a proud ethics corrupter, an advocate of parents making their children cry so they can get a sliver of fame—infamy, really—on YouTube and Jimmy’s late night show on ABC. Disney owns ABC. Disney. Disney pays this smug, cruel man to urge parents to make their children miserable for big laughs.
Think about it.
I have to revisit this asshole-blight on the culture, however, because this morning I watched supposedly lovable News Babe Robin Meade on HLN this morning as she showed some of the segments from the video above and laughed hysterically, along with everyone in her studio. The idea, Jimmy’s idea, after he decided to scotch the concept of asking parents to punk their toddlers by telling them that grandma was dead (just speculating here), is for parents to tell their beloved children that Mom and Dad had eaten all of their Halloween candy, and record their reactions. It’s sooooo funny! The little kids wail! They weep! They fall on the ground in abject grief! Robin couldn’t stop laughing. Child abuse is so hilarious.
Jimmy has proven that.
He’s also proven that a shocking number of parents and ABC viewers have the ethical instincts of the Marquis De Sade.
WARNING! Tangential Interjected Political Digression Follows!
This is the state of our culture. NBC’s Billy Bush gets condemned, shamed, shunned and fired for participation in Donald Trump piggery that actually harmed nobody, and Jimmy Kimmel gets millions from DISNEY for openly promoting child abuse. (“Oh, but it’s just a little child abuse! All in good fun!” Are you really going to argue that?)
You know who else is a Jimmy fan? Hillary Clinton—you know, the candidate who “has spent her whole career fighting for children” and against child abuse?—has appeared on Jimmy’s show twice this year. She wants children “to meet their full potential,” which is apparently assisted by having videos of them on YouTube forever showing them being publicly humiliated by their parents because a jackass told them to. She doesn’t find Jimmy Kimmel repulsive, or his treatment of kids either, at least while he can help her con America.
To be fair, it isn’t as if such hypocrisy by Hillary isn’t consistent; she also enables Bill while claiming to revile even talking about sexual assault. There is integrity in that. Right?
Tangential Digression Concluded
I don’t want to waste more time repeating myself on this topic. It’s clear so few Americans have functioning ethics alarms that my pointing out what should be obvious won’t make a difference. It would have made a difference if Hillary Clinton, instead of yukking along with a child abuser—you know, like yukking along with a misogynist?—confronted him on his show, thus saving hundreds of kids from future abuse. That would have won support AND been the right thing to do.
Anyway, here is how I ended the post when I first spelled out what’s wrong with Jimmy’s child-abusing hi-jinks in 2011. Somebody send it to Hillary.
In case any of those mega-jerks who took Jimmy’s advice to torture their own flesh and blood for laughs are reading and puzzled, here is what is ethically wrong with the exercise:
- It is dishonest. Lying to one’s child is rarely justified; lying to one’s child to upset the child is irredeemably wrong.
- It is cruel. Obviously. These children are not old enough to get the “joke.” Inflicting emotional pain on a child for the fun of it—the fun of it!—is the essence of conscience-free behavior.
- It is a betrayal. Parents have a duty to protect young children from people like Jimmy Kimmel, who think they are mere props for their own pleasure, not aid and abet such individual’s warped schemes.
- It is a breach of the child’s privacy. It is wrong to put any child’s actions on YouTube before the child is old enough to understand the implications of being exposed to millions of strangers, forever.
The use of YouTube to humiliate children has got to stop; it’s not fair, and it’s not funny. As for Jimmy Kimmel, he should be ashamed of himself, but won’t be. Sociopaths—the kind of people who enjoy torturing kids—are like that.