Jimmy Kimmel Interviewer Asks Kids To Sing 'The Star-Spangled Banner,' Is Kind Of A Douche
Jimmy Kimmel has been taking to the street of late to get random people to say stupid things to him, which he then broadcasts on national television. And let's be real—it was hilarious when he did it to Coachella attendees, who revealed that they had no fucking idea what musicians they were there to see. And it was pretty funny when he did it to people who pretended to know that Kim Kardashian had her baby when she in fact had yet to give birth.
But there's something kind of...not funny and mean-spirited about this most recent one. In it, a Kimmel interviewer (might be Kimmel himself) asks kids whether they know the words to "The Star-Spangled Banner."
Most don't, which, to be fair, is understandable because it's kind of a complicated song whose words are strung together in some sort of old American English-type pattern that doesn't really resonate with modern-day linguistics unless you have been forced to commit it to memory, and even then it still doesn't always make sense, you just repeat it like some sort of patriotic parrot, and also, these are small children.
The segment would be cute, maybe, what with one kid doing interpretive dance to the song and another saying that the U.S. gained its independence from Canada, but the interviewer sort of crosses the line into mocking the kids, and it's uncomfortable. Plus, the way that it ends? Not cool.