Comedian Jimmy Kimmel on his show Tuesday night was clearly broken up about the death of Cecil the lion, who was shot and killed by American dentist Walter James Palmer.
Kimmel's monologue was at times scathing:
Let's say we accept at face value that he thought it was legal and properly handled and didn't know the lion had a tracking collar and was a local favorite.
The big question is: Why are you shooting a lion in the first place? 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? If that's the case, they have a pill for that. It works great. Just stay home and swallow it, and you save yourself a lifetime of being the most hated man in America who never advertised JELL-O Pudding on television.
And, by the way, I'm not against hunting. If you're hunting to eat, or to help keep the animal population healthy, or it's 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 it and drink scotch and tell him how awesome he is, that's just vomitous.
Afterward, Kimmel tried to get something positive out of the situation. He told viewers, as his voice cracked, to go to www.wildcru.org to help out the researchers who were tracking Cecil.
"Make a donation, support them," Kimmel said. "At the very least, maybe we can show the world that not all Americans are like this jackhole here, this dentist."