He flirted, took shots, and had a good time making everyone generally uncomfortable.
This year’s Emmys was big for people of color: Lena Waithe was the first Black woman to ever get an Emmy for comedy writing, Riz Ahmed won the first-ever acting Emmy for a South Asian (and Muslim) man, and Donald Glover won for acting and directing. Aside from Alexis Bledel’s “Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series” win for “The Handmaids Tale” — at the Creative Arts Emmys a few nights before — there were no other Latino winners in the top categories — Lin-Manuel Miranda was nominated but didn’t win for his appearance on “Saturday Night Live.”
There was one Latino making some waves backstage, though. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” correspondent Guillermo interviewed winners in what they called “PiggyBack-to-Back” interviews, where he quite literally either gave or received PiggyBack rides. He flirted, took shots, and had a good time making everyone generally uncomfortable.
Kimmel and his show’s use of Guillermo can sometimes be problematic, i.e. Alec Baldwin mimicking his accent, or having him stereotypically take shots of Tequila, but Guillermo is at his best when he’s got celebrities on their heels, showing off his wit and sharp comedic timing. At one point, Emmy winner Julia-Louis Dreyfus sits in the awkward setup and says out loud the joke we were all secretly hoping for by threatening him: “Guillermo, if you try to fuck me in the ass… I am not going to be happy.” The crowd goes wild.
Every single late-night host has gone after President Donald Trump in some way shape or form. Making fun of people in the public eye, especially the president is their job after all. While they did poke fun on former President Barack Obama back in the day, they just have a lot more material to go after Trump. The late-night hosts, however, aren’t just making fun of Trump’s idiotic ways and unstable mentality (because that would be too easy), they’re also telling viewers around the world that the majority of people in the United States do not share his views. It’s important for the hosts to show the distinction between what the president does, says, or tweets, and how everyone else feels by firing back in clever and hilarious ways.
In response to Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric, a group of immigrants celebrated their new citizenship to the United States with a heartwarming ceremony on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
“This is a very strange time in America,” Kimmel said on his show on Aug. 8. “Our President is building walls and telling people to go back where they came from. With all that happening it’s important to remember that many people still dream of becoming Americans. Every week immigrants from all around the world take the oath of citizenship.”
Kimmel then had six immigrants from various parts of the world come on stage to celebrate their U.S. citizenship, including Jose Alberto Sahagun Ruiz from Mexicali, Mexico.
Each person walked onstage, and national TV, by being introduced like rockstars by Los Angeles Kings announcer Dave Joseph, and they all held up their new citizenship document. It was really beautiful and inspiring to hear each person’s name be called and their home countries, which includes places such as the Philippines, Argentina, Poland, and others. They all walked out to Neil Diamond’s “We’re Coming To America” song played by Kimmel’s house band, Cleto and the Cletones.
Then country singer Brad Paisley joined in on the fun by singing a little ballad about what life as an American means.
Paisley kept it light by telling these new American citizens that they can pretty much get away with anything in the United States. But he did so through song.
“Congratulations citizens,” he sang. “We’re happy that you’re here/ Come on in and take a load off/ Grab yourself an ice-cold beer. You can exercise your freedom of speech/ eat a sticka’ butter at a county fair/ Wear your Crocs with a pair of socks/ Go to Target in your underwear.”
He then finished the song by singing “My Country Tis of Thee.”
This isn’t the first time Kimmel has celebrated new Americans. Last year on Flag Day, he did the same beautiful thing.
“Every week immigrants from all over the world take the oath of citizenship in courthouses, libraries, and auditoriums across the country, without much pomp or circumstance,” Kimmel said last year. “I think becoming an American shouldn’t feel like a visit to the DMV. It’s a big deal and we think it deserves a big deal.”
Kimmel’s sidekick, Guillermo Rodriguez, then came out dressed like the United States bald eagle and had goody bags for all of them.
Guillermo gave each new American citizen a goody bag filled with American staples including a Pabst Blue Ribbon beer helmet, apple pies, and fireworks. Then someone dressed as Abraham Lincoln arrived to drive them all in a limo to IHOP, because there’s nothing as American as IHOP, right?
Here’s this year’s new batch of American citizens. Grab some tissue first!
We really hope this celebration of welcoming new Americans into this country becomes a regular segment on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” It’s important for people all over the world to know that people here in the United States are welcoming to newcomers, and this celebration also shows that becoming a citizen of America is a big deal.
Thanks, Jimmy for making these people feel special and that becoming a U.S. citizen matters. Whatever you do, just don’t get fined for making jokes about Trump. Keep doing it, of course, just make sure it’s not costing you.