Jimmy Kimmel weighed in on the controversy over the Minnesota dentist who allegedly paid $50,000 to shoot a protected African lion famously known among many in Zimbabwe as Cecil.
Walter Palmer said he “had no idea” the lion was a protected cat, and had relied on guides to make sure he was taking part in a legal hunt.
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“The big question is, ‘Why are you shooting a lion in the first place?'” Kimmel said on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Tuesday. “I mean I’m honestly curious to know why a human being would feel compelled to do that. How is that fun? Is it that difficult for you to get an erection that you need to kill things that are stronger than you?”
“I’m not against hunting. If you’re hunting to eat or keep the animal population healthy or it’s a part of your culture or something that’s one thing, but 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 and drink scotch and tell him how awesome he is, that’s just vomitous,” Kimmel added.
The comedian later said the situation should be handled in a lawful way, including for the two Zimbabwean guides who helped Palmer, and condemned those online who have called for acts of violence against the dentist.
Watch the clip below, which includes Kimmel breaking down in tears:
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