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You knew someone would joke about Jackson's death (and you kinda knew it would be Kimmel)

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 26th 2009 12:25PM
I was on Twitter all night last night, and there were actually a lot of Michael Jackson jokes mixed in with the tributes and the breaking news tweets. I was wondering if the late night talk shows would either talk about Jackson passing away or if they'd make a joke about it or both. I especially wondered about Jimmy Kimmel, because he has not only made a ton of jokes about Jackson in the past (as they all did), but he actually had correspondent Jake go out to events like the Jackson trial and act like a nut. Here's Kimmel's monologue from last night.

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Jason

Yeah tim, jojee, Butter, MosquitoControl you all truly are morons..... These idiots did nothing but portray him as things that he is not and showed how they are afraid of what they don't understand. This coming from a guy who had r. kelly on his late night show.

July 03 2009 at 4:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael Jackson Death Jokes

It's interesting how many of the jokes currently making the rounds are simple turns on the jokes that were told during his life. Almost all deal with child molestation, although a secondary theme is is his racial transformation and a tertiary theme his extensive plastic surgery. I've been collecting these jokes in this crowdsourcing experiment and all of the ones that have been contributed to the comments thus far relate to the molestation theme.

June 26 2009 at 10:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
divineparasite

I'd actually think Letterman would say something about Fawcett's death because she had a notable appearance on his show a few years back. Another one of those odd/uncomfortable interviews that for some reason always happen on Letterman.

June 26 2009 at 3:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
funley47

Yeah. This wasn't really bad at ALL. It's his job to talk about what went on in current events and I think he did it well. The one joke that came close to being offensive was a very old joke.

June 26 2009 at 3:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ac

It didn't think the jokes were offensive at all. He wasn't doing molestation jokes, just jokes about some of the absurd reactions to his death.

June 26 2009 at 2:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sabeset7

Did any of the comedians say anything negative about Farrah Fawcett? She also died yesterday and her life was a little out there also. The media played up her life in a big way all night so where were the disrespectful jokes about her? This company has gone to the dogs. Where is the compassion and respect for the sacredness of human life. This man was someone's son, brother, father and uncle. They were in shock and mourning yesterday. We spread enough negative gossip about him when he was alive. Give the man a break. It's over. It really is over.

June 26 2009 at 2:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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tracey21

Please, Fawcett doesn't even remotely come close to Jackson's freakishness. There's no humour in making fun of her, Jackson on the other hand...

June 26 2009 at 3:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
izikavazo

I was surprised how well he avoided controversy there. Micheal Jackson is still ripe for jokes even if he's dead. But instead he went after the craziness of the media and the fans. I think he did good.

June 26 2009 at 2:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Butters

Brilliant!

The King is dead, long live King Jimmy.

June 26 2009 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris Wyant

I didn't think the jokes were that bad. Pretty tame, actually. He said some pretty nice things about him, too. The way I see it, it's the job of a comedy late night show host to make light of current events, and this is probably the biggest entertainment story of the year. So it shouldn't be off limits, and as long as Kimmel's not talking shit about the dead (and he isn't, really), then good on him for moving things along.

June 26 2009 at 1:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MosquitoControl

Does Michael Jackson really deserve our respect?
Plenty of jokes were made about Steve Irwin, a man that never hurt anyone.

Why should we show more deference to Jackson?
And since when is absurdity not funny?

June 26 2009 at 1:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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