Jimmy Kimmel Gets Emotional (and Angry) About Cecil the Lion
“I think it's important for us to have some good come out of this disgusting tragedy."
Last night, Jimmy Kimmel took a break from his usual comedic opening monologue to discuss the murder of Cecil the lion, who was killed by Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer earlier this month in Zimbabwe.
Cecil was one of Africa's best-known large cats and was a major tourist draw. On July 1 he was lured out of his home in Hwange National Park and then shot by Palmer with a bow and arrow. The bow and arrow didn't kill Cecil, so he wandered around in pain for 40 hours before being killed with a gun, skinned, and decapitated.
Palmer, who has become the Internet's most-hated man this week, released a statement to the media about Cecil's death, saying, “I had no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favorite, was collared and part of a study until the end of the hunt... I relied on the expertise of my local professional guides to ensure a legal hunt.”
Jimmy Kimmel didn't mince words when he discussed the event during his late night monologue. “Stop saying you took the animal. You take aspirin. You killed the lion. You didn’t take it."
He went on, “I’m honestly curious to know why a human being would feel compelled to do that. How is that fun? Is it that difficult for you to get an erection that you need to kill things that are stronger than you?”
But then the host set jokes aside again. “I think it's important for us to have some good come out of this disgusting tragedy,” Kimmel said before urging viewers to donate to Wildlife Conservation Unite at Oxford, the organization that was tracking and researching Cecil.
“Sorry. I’m okay. I’m good," he said as he got a bit choked up. "Make a donation to support them. At the very least, maybe we can show the world that not all Americans are like this jackhole.”
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