American late night television host Jimmy Fallon has been blasted for how he treated Donald Trump during an appearance on The Tonight Show.
You see instead of getting all up in Trump’s grille and being confrontational, as many would expect with a presidential candidate in the lead up to an election, Fallon was willing to work with whatever Trump gave him. When Trump made a joke about fearing what people would do to his hamburger if they knew it was him ordering, Fallon let out some over the top large laugh as if Trump had just unleashed the funniest joke on the planet. It wasn’t.
However, what has people most up in arms is not that The Tonight Show didn’t toe the line between comedy and responsibility — don’t think anyone has done that since David Letterman — it’s that Fallon “dehumanised a well-documented xenophobic, racist and misogynistic serial liar”, to quote The Huffington Post.
The worst part was when, after a series of quips, like asking Trump about whether or not he knew what a coin was, Fallon asked the Republican presidential nominee if he could mess up his famous head of hair on live television.
While the internet usually eats that stuff up, there was also quick criticism aimed squarely at Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show for playing into Donald Trump’s hand.
Imagine a world where Hitler gets to go on the Tonight Show and be humanized as they joke about and poke his little despot mustache.
— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) September 16, 2016
If you want to see the normalization of racism, it's the host of the Tonight Show interviewing a racist demagogue without bringing it up.
— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) September 16, 2016
Jimmy Fallon blew it tonight. Late night comedians used be the court jesters of culture. Humanizing a xenophobe is not okay. #FallonTonight
— Ateeya Manzoor (@Ateeya) September 16, 2016