Oscars: Kimmel slams Trump, pleads for unity
The first salvo against Donald Trump was fired only a few seconds into the Oscars’ opening monologue (video below).
After a joyous opening musical number by Justin Timberlake performing best original song nominee “Can’t Stop the Feeling” that brought the crowd to its feet, host Jimmy Kimmel took the stage at the 89th annual Academy Awards and threw out one POTUS joke after another:
“This is being watched live by millions of people in 225 countries that now hate us,” Kimmel said.
Kimmel also had this to say: “I want to say thank you to President Trump. Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist? … It’s gone thanks to him.”
And this: “In Hollywood, we don’t discriminate against people based on what countries they come from. We discriminate on them based on their age and weight.”
Kimmel also made jokes about “mediocre” and “overrated” Meryl Streep — a reference to Trump’s criticism of the actress who slammed him during her Golden Globes speech last month.
And the ABC late-night host noted that actors will give speeches that “the president will tweet…