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Jimmy Fallon Addresses Charlottesville Protests During Monologue

By    |   Tuesday, 15 August 2017 12:23 PM

Jimmy Fallon addressed deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, fighting back tears during his monologue Monday night.

Fallon made it clear that "The Tonight Show" is not a political show, but the host still felt compelled to address the violence that occurred between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville early Saturday, according to CNN.

Fallon said it was his "responsibility to stand up against intolerance and extremism."

"What happened over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, was just disgusting," Fallon said. "I was watching the news like everyone else, and you're seeing Nazi flags and torches and white supremacists and I was sick to my stomach."

"The fact that it took the President two days to come out and clearly denounce racists and white supremacists is shameful," Fallon said. "And I think he finally spoke out because people everywhere stood up and said something."

"It's important for everyone, especially white people in this country, to speak out against this," he added. "Ignoring it is just as bad as supporting it."

Fallon wasn't the only notable white person to speak out against the events in Charlottesville.

Susan Sarandon, American actress and activist, appeared as a guest on "The Tonight Show" Monday night and took the opportunity to address the tragic and fatal events, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Sarandon spoke about the racism and bigotry that was on display over the weekend and said it's time to admit that there's a problem.

"I think we have to own it and I think we have to admit that this is a systemic problem," she said.

"This country was founded on a genocide of Native Americans and on the backs of slaves, and I don’t think we’ve ever really dealt with that," Sarandon told Fallon. "So this is something that goes very deep and, as you said with your daughters, you have to teach hate, they don’t come out that way. So I think that the way you deal with it is to do as much as you can."

The actress also brought up Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old white woman who was killed by a white supremacist who drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters during the Charlottesville protests.

"On her last post, Heather said, ‘If you aren’t outraged, then you’re not paying attention,’ and I think this is an amazing opportunity for people to pay attention and to have these conversations,'" she said.

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