*WARNING: This article contains explicit language*
Jimmy Kimmel, late night talk show host, and Sean Hannity, conservative media personality, have some pretty strong disagreements when it comes to politics, but what began as harsh feelings over policy spilled over into some pretty personal attacks on Twitter this April 6, 2018.
Hannity started the fight by criticizing a recent clip of Jimmy Kimmel imitating Melania Trump's accent.
Also @jimmykimmel attacking @MELANIATRUMP while reading a book to kids? What happened to “Mr Morality”? Attacking a woman who is helping children? This is @Disney? #pervertkimmelhttps://t.co/o7ydG72Pzc— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) April 6, 2018
Hannity promised he would return with another bomb-shell very soon, ominously warning Disney (who owns ABC) "tick tock."
The Fox News host also began calling Kimmel "Harvey Weinstein Jr," referencing the Hollywood mogul who sexually abused countless women against their will.
Kimmel wasn't too worried.
I can't wait! https://t.co/2LhDiF7Lw7— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) April 6, 2018
In fact, Kimmel responded to Hannity's attacks on his show later that night.
When Hannity saw the segment, he prepared himself for battle.
And he didn't wait long to go on the attack, claiming the comedian was racist and a sexual deviant.
Today’s poll. So tonight will @jimmykimmel be 1- Asking 18 year old girls to touch his crotch. 2- Make fun of the First Lady reading books to children. 3- Be a racist asshole. 4- all of the above? @Disney#pervertkimmelhttps://t.co/bq5WE4eyOP— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) April 6, 2018
Kimmel responded in kind, saying Hannity was comparing consensual comedy to sexual molestation for his own gain.
I vote for whichever one best helps you trivialize the horrors of Harvey Weinstein by comparing them to televised comedy bits in which every woman was a willing participant who gladly signed a release https://t.co/6jlpRqtttY— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) April 6, 2018
Hannity doubled down on his attack, repeating the insult "Harvey Weinstein Jr."
You are a bully attacking the First Lady of the USA. Attack me any time you want. Attack @realDonaldTrump anytime you want. Suck up to Obama all you want. Having 18 year old girls grab your crotch is creepy and perverted. How would you feel if it was your daughter Harvey Jr? https://t.co/uuddgKAZJl— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) April 6, 2018
Kimmel responded with pure snark.
Thank goodness we have kind, tolerant men like you to protect this nation from bullies. https://t.co/gVmJwtEGeJ— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) April 6, 2018
This back and forth continued similarly for a while.
Stop picking on woman that can’t fightback Mr Harvey Weinstein jr. And maybe pledge not to ask 18 year old girls to touch your crotch and put their mouths on it like you did. Why don’t You Be a grown up and simply apologize. https://t.co/WFP5GdJf25— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) April 6, 2018
When your clown makeup rubs off on Trump’s ass, does it make his butt look like a Creamsicle? https://t.co/DEhmfOh0Hn— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) April 6, 2018
And you kissed the ass of Obama and Hillary for years Mr Weinstein. Answer this question. Would you want a stranger asking your daughter to “grab their crotch, and put their mouths on it? Yes or no Harvey! https://t.co/fLk6hPpDbQ— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) April 6, 2018
Kimmel finally brought the fight back to Hannity.
The answer is yes. Every woman involved WILLINGLY participated - it’s called a comedy bit. It’s what you’ve been un… https://t.co/do8ea3eAoT— Jimmy Kimmel (@Jimmy Kimmel) 1523043970.0
But this time, Hannity didn't swing back.
I guess you missed my question, which was: "Would you want your daughter being “grabbed by the pussy”? Yes or no?" https://t.co/n9adjxrYxT— Jimmy Kimmel (@Jimmy Kimmel) 1523044931.0
In some ways, Twitter believed Kimmel had the upper hand philosophically.
@davidmweissman @jimmykimmel @seanhannity @foxandfriends "celebs" might be too broad a brush. Kimmel is a comedian.… https://t.co/3huDlKVaGL— Jeremy Newberger (@Jeremy Newberger) 1523018669.0
Then again, it's never cool to mock someone's accent.
“To be mocked for your foreign accent when you worked so hard to learn the language feels like a dagger to the hear… https://t.co/S6MY46HGfL— The Daily Signal (@The Daily Signal) 1523020398.0
In the meantime, everyone on Twitter is just enjoying the ride.
Really excited for season 2 of Feud. https://t.co/MFZKXpKDLC— David Rosenblatt (@David Rosenblatt) 1523022919.0