Eric Andre Talks Being Racially Profiled at the Atlanta Airport on 'Kimmel'
The comedian called police's actions "old-school, Giuliani stop-and-frisk racial profiling"
Published Apr 23, 2021Earlier this week, Eric Andre said he was racially profiled by plainclothes police in the Atlanta airport, and he has now detailed the incident further in a new interview with Jimmy Kimmel.
Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday (April 22) to promote his recent prank film Bad Trip, Andre shared how he was stopped by two white officers while boarding his domestic flight at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, recalling how he was "the only Black person on the jet bridge."
Both Kimmel and the comedian felt that it was unusual to be stopped on the jet bridge after having already cleared airport security. Andre shared how he declined to have his luggage searched as part of what he felt to be "old-school, Giuliani stop-and-frisk racial profiling," and then boarded the plane.
Andre joked that upon boarding his flight, he "got really woke" and began tweeting at authorities, including Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms.
"And then the mayor of Atlanta starts tweeting back at me," he added, laughing. "I'm like, Oh, I didn't know that was gonna work."
Kimmel then read a written statement from the Clayton County Police Department, and as he had done online, Andre disputed some of the department's claims. In particular, he disagreed with the department's claim that the two officers declined to search his luggage despite receiving consent.
Andre previously shared a statement from the airport online, which indicated that officials would "meet with Clayton County law enforcement officers next week to review procedures."
You can watch his Kimmel appearance below.