February 27, 2008
Kimmel and Affleck fag it up
Posted by: Chris
A celebrity-drenched video released by Jimmy Kimmel is getting lots of laughs on YouTube, but I have to confess it went too far for me.
First, a bit of background. Apparently as a running gag, Kimmel ends his late-night talk show by apologizing to Matt Damon that he's been bumped as a guest for lack of time. Eventually Damon, in response, showed he's put his (imaginary) interminable wait backstage to good use, and teamed up with Kimmel's girlfriend Sarah Silverman to produce a hilarious video, in which she sings, "I'm F**king Matt Damon."
Not to be outdone, Kimmel put together his own revenge video, backed by an amazing array of celebrities, in which he proclaims, "I'm F**king Ben Affleck":
The concept is funny, the celebrity participation works perfectly. But it really put me off that Kimmel and Affleck felt the need to don such over-the-top girly stereotypes. The reason the Silverman-Damon skit worked so well was the in-your-face way they advertised their (sham) affair. But is Damon really supposed to be peeved at the sissy silliness of Affleck and Kimmel cavorting about?
The Kimmel response would have been so much effective, and funnier, if he and Affleck had gone the other direction, as manly men who in addition to their man-sex do all the buddy things Affleck and Damon are famous for doing together. But of course Kimmel couldn't go there, he of "The Man Show" had to exaggerate the fag factor for cheap (very cheap) laughs.
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