The news that Zimbabwe's most famous animal resident, Cecil the lion, had been illegally hunted and killed hit the Internet hard on Tuesday (July 28), and that includes late-night host Jimmy Kimmel.
The comedian gives an emotional rant about the dentist that poached Cecil that concludes with Kimmel choking up and crying that such a terrible thing has occurred.
"This the website for the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at Oxford. If you want to make this into a positive, you could — sorry," Kimmel apologizes as he begins to tear up. "Make a donation to support them. At the very least maybe we can show the world that not all Americans are like this jack-hole here."
That "jack-hole" is Walter James Palmer who went on a hunting trip to Zimbabwe and killed Cecil, under the impression he was tracking a lion that was legal to hunt.
"I’m honestly curious to know why a human being would feel compelled to [kill a lion]. 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?" Kimmel says at the beginning of his rant. "If that’s the case they have a pill for that. It works great. Just stay home and swallow it. It will save you from a lifetime of being the most hated man in the America who never advertised Jell-O pudding on television."
Kimmel is an avid animal lover but claims not to be against hunting entirely -- just when it's done for self-gratification rather than for practical or cultural reasons.
"By the way, I’m not against hunting. If you’re hunting to eat or keep the animal population healthy or it’s part of your culture that’s one thing," he says. "If you’re some a-hole dentist that wants a lion’s head over the fireplace of his man-cave so his d*****bag buddies can gather around it and drink scotch and tell him how awesome he is, that’s just vomitous."