When Jimmy Fallon apologized a month ago for using blackface on SNL, he made it clear that "there is no excuse for this." Kimmel, on the other hand, delivered a very defensive apology on Tuesday that was directed at one group: “those who were genuinely hurt or offended by the makeup I wore or the words I spoke.” "Clearly," says Mary McNamara, "Kimmel believes much of the criticism comes from people motivated not so much by their outrage over blackface as by their desire to undercut his continued condemnation of the Trump administration and positions taken by the far right. He is not wrong about that — conservatives, including Donald Trump Jr., have recently pointed to Kimmel as the epitome of the double standard that decries racism, including past use of blackface, by Republicans but gives liberals, like Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a pass. But for Kimmel to express frustration 'that these thoughtless moments have become a weapon used by some to diminish my criticisms of social and other injustices' doesn’t help his case. At all. If you’re going to apologize for using blackface, apologize for using blackface. Don’t call it a 'thoughtless moment' because, dude, you wrote the sketches, you rehearsed the sketches and you sat in the chair while someone put brown makeup all over you more than once." McNamara adds that Kimmel, Fallon, Tina Fey and "other white entertainers who have used blackface as entertainment say that racist mockery was not their intent but, frankly, that’s as tough a sell as 'My Confederate flag only represents my regional pride.' Blackface isn’t funny. Not only because it can never overcome its origins but also because it just isn’t humorous." What is perplexing is why Kimmel even waited to be called out for his use of blackface that has been brought up before. "It would be more helpful if, instead of assuming the defensive posture, he had gotten in front of the story and taken a few minutes to explain, honestly, what he was thinking when he decided to use a comedy 'technique' that had been roundly denounced for years," says McNamara. "Maybe, instead of worrying about whether his apology would be taken for 'weakness,' he could have had a public discussion with the subjects of his impersonations. I mean that seriously. Apologies are good; conversations that actually move cultural understanding and antiracism forward are better."