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Mary McNamara: What Jimmy Kimmel's lame apology for blackface reveals about the comedy world

You gotta hand it to Jimmy Kimmel. It's tough to position yourself as a progressive social warrior while apologizing for your repeated use of blackface, but he did his level best.

Recently criticized by many, on the right and the left, for "blacked up" impersonations of various celebrities on "The Man Show" in the late '90s and early '00s, the ABC late-night host finally broke his silence on Tuesday. After a very defensive preface - "I have long been reluctant to address this, as I knew doing so would be celebrated as a

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