Jimmy Fallon shifted the vibe of his often silly and lighthearted “The Tonight Show” during Monday night’s monologue.
While not an inherently political figure, Fallon stated that he had a “responsibility” to speak against the “intolerance and extremism” of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left three people dead and several injured.
“What happened over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, was just disgusting,” Fallon said. “[…] I was sick to my stomach.”
Fallon stressed the importance of speaking up in the wake of such tragedy:
“It’s important for everyone, especially white people in this country, to speak out against this. Ignoring it is just as bad as supporting it. […] We all need to stand against what is wrong, acknowledge that racism exists and stand up for what is right and civil and kind.”
Fallon let out an emotional plea to his audience and viewers to push against regressive, racist rhetoric:
“We cannot do this. We can’t go backward. We can’t go backward.”
Check out the rest of his heartfelt monologue below.