A church service in Alabama was disrupted Wednesday night that featured guest speaker Judge Roy Moore. Besides a leftist protester shouting accusations at Moore regarding his alleged misconduct with underaged girls, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel sent a plant from his show to join the shenanigans to pose as a Moore supporter. Both men were eventually escorted from the building.
The pastor of Magnolia Springs Baptist church in Theodore told the crowd at least twice that disrupting a church service is against Alabama law. But that’s just what Rich Barbieri did, who is a “paid trickster” who goes by “Jake Byrd” on Kimmel’s program, according to Breitbart. Barbieri was dressed as a Roy Moore superfan and acted accordingly and obnoxiously. Some footage of the mayhem was posted to Twitter:
Kimmel was quite proud of himself, too, tweeting a story from Al.com:
Moore’s team had a strong message for Kimmel on Thursday:
“Jimmy Kimmel and the ‘Hollywood elite’ cross the line when they invade our Churches under a disguise and attempt to make a mockery of our worship services. If Kimmel wants to mock our Christian values, he should come down here and do it man to man instead of hiding behind a camera in Hollywood. And yes, Jimmy, we will still rebuild our military, build the wall, protect our gun rights, reform our tax code, and support President Trump whether you like that or not. Hollywood will not bully us around.”
Brett Doster, a senior adviser to Moore, added:
“Last night, Jimmy Kimmel sent one of his goons to disrupt an Alabama worship service as a comedy prop. For years, Kimmel hosted a show that exploited women and encouraged sexual impropriety. He and the rest of the entertainment industry look down their noses at our evangelical values while using their own pulpit to encourage the very behavior purveyed by monsters like Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey.”
Set up a debate right now. There’s an audience for it. Problem is, Kimmel is not man enough to show. He’d probably just send Jake Byrd to do his dirty work, anyway.