Jimmy KimmelJames (Jimmy) Christian KimmelLady Gaga, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Julia Louis-Dreyfus among stars calling on entertainment CEOs to back action on climate change Fox's Gutfeld mocks late night hosts for planned 'climate night' Pandemic frustrations zero in on unvaccinated Americans MORE suggested during his monologue Tuesday night that people who are unvaccinated against COVID-19 should be given lower priority for Intensive Care Unit beds.
On his first night back from a months-long vacation, the "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" host commented on the rise of coronavirus cases across the country as the delta variant spreads.
"It was not a fun Labor Day weekend COVID-wise," Kimmel said in his post-holiday monologue. "Dr. Fauci said if hospitals get any more overcrowded they're going to have to make some very tough choices about who gets an ICU bed."
He added, "That choice doesn’t seem so tough to me. ‘Vaccinated person having a heart attack? Yes, come right in, we’ll take care of you. Unvaccinated guy who gobbled horse goo? Rest in peace, wheezy.'"
Kimmel's "horse goo" comment seems to reference the animal antiparasitic drug ivermectin, which some are using to battle COVID-19 despite warnings from the Federal Drug Administration (FDA).
"You are not a horse. You are not a cow. Seriously, y'all. Stop it," the FDA tweeted along with a statement encouraging people to stop using the drug.
Kimmel referred to people who refuse to get vaccinated or turn to non-FDA approved drugs to treat the virus as "pan-dimwits."
I give you all…Jimmy Kimmel pic.twitter.com/aYFtvkUYVH— Defiant L’s (@DefiantLs) September 8, 2021
"People are still taking this ivermectin. The poison control center has seen a spike in calls from people taking this livestock medicine to fight the coronavirus, but they won’t take the vaccine. It’s like if you’re a vegan and you’re like, ‘No, I don’t want a hamburger, give me that can of Alpo instead,'" Kimmel joked.
The Seattle Times reported Tuesday that the Washington Poison Center has received triple the number of calls related to ivermectin from this time last year as people continue to experiment with the drug.
Among the drug's most high-profile proponents is popular podcaster Joe Rogan, who announced he was taking ivermectin, along with a host of other drugs, after contracting the virus on Sept. 1.
Kimmel's comments drew criticism from some who felt the host's jokes were in poor taste, including Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzMatthew McConaughey on potential political run: 'I'm measuring it' Professor tells Cruz that Texas's voter ID law is racist Schumer moves to break GOP blockade on Biden's State picks MORE (R-Texas).
"I’ve been vaccinated, but I don’t wish death on those who make different choices," the senator wrote on Twitter following Kimmel's comments.
Sick. Angry Leftist to anyone who disagrees with him on vaccines:— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) September 8, 2021
“Rest in peace, wheezy.”
THAT’S AN ACTUAL QUOTE.
I’ve been vaccinated, but I don’t wish death on those who make different choices.#BeBetter https://t.co/vXORAM0mhB