Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in hilarious skit for a cause with Jimmy Kimmel

Feb 24, 2022
Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live/YouTube

Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel and legendary actor Arnold Schwarzenegger have released a rather hilarious skit – one with a pretty important back message.

The skit is a mockery of an 80s-90s ‘how-to’ video filmed with a nostalgic retro-style backdrop, laiden with an important message.

The two-minute skit sees Arnold Schwarzenegger pretend choke as Jimmy Kimmel outlines the steps one should take to properly conduct the Heimlich Maneuver, an outdated first-aid procedure, on the victim.

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Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live/YouTube

Kimmel outlines the steps in a calm, unfrazzled demeanour, all the while Arnie gasps for air and waits desperately for the TV host to help him.

“Make a fist at the base of the ribcage, then wrap your other hand around the fist and thrust inwards and upwards,” Kimmel demonstrates.

“But before you thrust … take some time to do your own research.”

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“Find out what the other options are. Check Twitter and Facebook, maybe TikTok. Say, that’s a keen dance,” he remarks, as Arnie continues to choke.

The host goes on, suggesting all the different research methods one should take on social media before going through with the Heimlich Maneuver. Whilst he’s browsing social media, his stance begins to change, and he begins to question whether the Heimlich Maneuver is even a legitimate procedure.

“Maybe that chunk of meat in your companion’s throat was planted there by Bill Gates,” he says, looking into the camera with feigned uncertainty, Kimmel says.

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“Don’t give into pressure from sheep. Who’s to say Heimlich is even a maneuver at all?”

“Maybe it’s a hoax. Maybe big pharma is behind it. Don’t follow the crowd. Do what’s right for you.”

As Kimmel continues, Arnie desperately finds a chair and begins conducting the maneuver on himself, before coughing up a huge … dumbbell.

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Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live/YouTube

“Ah, that’s what it was,” says Arnie, finally able to breathe.

“Oh hey you’re fixed,” Kimmel says with intentional sarcasm.

Arnie then looks into the camera with a fierce expression.

“Get vaccinated my friends,” he says, handing the dumbbell to an unprepared Kimmel.


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Arnie has long been open about his views towards those who refuse to vaccinate against Covid-19.

In an online interview with former National Security Council staffer Alexander Vindam and CNN journalist Bianna Golodryga last year, Arnie openly called anti-vaxxers a “schmuck”.

“We have to come together rather than fighting and always just saying, ‘According to my principles this is a free country and I have the freedom to wear no mask,’” Arnie said.

“Yeah, you have the freedom to wear no mask, but you know something? You’re a schmuck for not wearing a mask.”

DISCLAIMER: Heimlich is an outdated first-aid procedure and is not the current recommended method for assisting someone who is choking. The correct procedure is here. 

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