Jamie Foxx has defended Jimmy Fallon after a resurfaced clip of the Tonight Show host impersonating Chris Rock prompted outrage on Twitter.
Fallon issued a public apology for the Saturday Night Live sketch, which aired in 2000 and saw the comedian dress up as Chris Rock, darkening his hair and skin colour and affecting Rock's voice.
The video was dubbed "disgusting" and "dehumanising" by legions of Twitter users, and "unquestionably offensive" by Fallon himself in his apology.
However, in an Instagram comment on an E! News post about the story, Jaime Foxx urged people to "let this one go", insisting Fallon hadn't performed in "blackface" at all.
"He was doing an impression of Chris Rock. It wasn't blackface," Foxx wrote.
"We comedians, I know it's a tough time right now. But this one is a stretch. On a show called In Living Color we played every race."
"Let this one go," he concluded. "We got bigger fish to fry ... #changecourse."
The sentiment was echoed by some who had already alleged that "cancel culture" had gone too far.
"Y'all whack. How long ago was this? Was this SNL? No one can be famous anymore bc we've all done something the society of 20 years from now doesn't like," one Twitter user wrote.
"Let's get our priorities together. This is a non-issue," another wrote, referencing Donald Trump's presidency and police brutality against African Americans as more urgent matters to be focused on.