Many have been left displeased with Jimmy Kimmel, with some even describing him as a ‘national disgrace’ after presenting the Oscars.
After Chris Rock’s controversial performance at last year’s ceremony, the TV presenter was selected to host the 95th Academy Awards.
Malala Yousafzai, who responded angrily to Jimmy Kimmel when he made a joke about Harry Styles, has been hailed as a “hero” for her actions, which could lead to Kimmel’s presence being remembered as infamous in the future.
The activist woman attended the Academy Awards because she was an executive producer on the documentary short film nominee Stranger at the Gate.
During a commercial break, Kimmel, as is customary at award events of this type, mingled with the crowd for some laughs.
During this time, he went over to Yousafzai to personally thank her for coming and offer his congratulations on the movie.
Kimmel asked: “Your work on human rights and education for women and children is an inspiration.
“As the youngest Nobel prize winner in history, I was wondering, do you think Harry Styles spit on Chris Pine?”
Some people in the audience laughed at the joke, but it was clearly an awkward moment, and Yousafzai looked uneasy the entire time.
To which Kimmel added: “You know what, that’s why you’re Malala and nobody else is. That’s a great answer, Malala. The winner is malala-land, everybody.”
The joke was a reference to last year, when Harry Styles caused an uproar on the internet by appearing to spit at Chris Pine at the premiere of the film Don’t Worry Darling.
The activist afterwards moved to Twitter, where she quoted the Oscars footage and added the hashtag “Treat people with kindness.”
And a third remarked: “Comedians getting embarrassed at the Oscars is starting to become a trend.”
Meanwhile, a fourth added: “Utterly disrespectful and patronising behaviour towards her and her work. It was the same cringe feeling and reaction from the Smith Slap.”
However, on March 9, the day after actor Robert Blake died, Kimmel startled viewers with a joke on his passing.
He said: “Everyone please get out their phones, even at home, it’s time to vote. If you think Robert Blake should be part of the In Memoriam montage, text Imea Blake to the number on the number on your screen.”
Many people found the joke to be offensive and inappropriate.
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