Jimmy Kimmel ignorant of Kenyan Culture

We’re going to have to take a deep breath before we try to explain this ridiculously ignorant of Kenyan culture and problematic segment from Jimmy Kimmel Live last night. Jimmy Kimmel featured a segment titled “Kenyans Read Celebrity Tweets.” According to Kimmel, his friends have a great charity organization down there where they “help people in Kenya and educate them.” Wonderful, but apparently in Kenya- they don’t have twitter because Kenyans are not the top twitter users on the continent and there’s no internet access. The segment features these technology deprived Kenyans reading celebrity tweets into the camera. And this is supposed to be funny. Thanks to Jimmy Kimmel for providing us with the most condescending video of the week and  most ignorant view of Kenyan culture. He also manages to elbow his way to the front of Teju Cole’s shit list, which is always a great thing.

Comments

  • http://independentglobalcitizen.com/ Michael Kirkpatrick

    Jimmy Kimmel will learn very quickly from Kenyans that technology is abundantly available in Kenya. Ironically he will learn this via Twitter.
    https://twitter.com/jimmykimmel

  • Jon Onyumba

    Can we as Africans , accept a little auto-derision ? All countries, region and continent as some clichés, humourists use them, that’s all … calm down

  • Dave

    It might be fine if he did this bit in earnest but first and foremost it has to be funny, which it’s not….

  • Nana

    I’m African. Overall, that *ish was funny.

    (except for the “isn’t my sis hot” tweet from Fergie and the camera pan to the Kenyan’s sis, as if to imply that is comedic because how can a darkskinned African girl that looks like her be hot?? That was beyond racist.

  • jojo

    Some American celebrities tweet about the SILIEST things… eg Kim K.
    Jeez!!

  • Kim

    These “celebrities” really are ignorant.