Tearful Jimmy Kimmel Bashes ‘Cecil The Lion’ Killer
News| | By Ryan Miller
On Tuesday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the comedy host gave an emotional reaction to the death of a beloved African lion, “Cecil,” who authorities say was illegally poached by Walter Palmer, a Minnesota dentist.
“Is it that difficult for you to get an erection that you need to kill things?” Kimmel jokingly asked trying to lift the somber mood of the story. He continued to shame the man, “If you’re some a**hole dentist who wants a lion’s head over the fireplace in his man cave so his douchebag buddies can gather around it and drink Scotch and tell him how awesome he is, that’s just vomitous.” The story clearly affected Kimmel, who, with tears in his eyes, then urged the audience and viewers at home that instead of directing hate toward Palmer, they should help prevent this from ever happening again by donating to the Oxford University preservation group that was researching the lion prides from which Cecil was a part. Still, the backlash against Palmer has been severe. He’s reportedly been in hiding since the story began to gather attention. His Bloomington, Minn., dental clinic has been closed for days. Protestors however began a makeshift memorial for Cecil by leaving a pile of stuffed-animals at the door.