The allergy community is a buzz today, as the Mylan Epipen pricing scandal was brought to the mainstream at the Emmy’s last night.
Jimmy Kimmel, the host of the 2016 Emmy Awards, surprised the star studded crowd with Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches made by his own mother. The sandwiches were distributed by the kids from ‘Stranger Things’ riding on bicycles in the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California.
As Jimmy distributed the sandwiches he said to the crowd, “Oh, by the way, I should ask… raise your hand if you have a gluten allergy,” which was a set-up for a joke as he explained that he wanted America to see “which of their favorite celebrities are the most annoying.”
He then got a little more serious and said “Also, if you’re allergic to peanuts, uh, well… I guess this is goodbye, because we can only afford one EpiPen.”
The Allergy community appears to be divided on Jimmy Kimmel’s joke. Some are praising him for calling out Mylan’s extreme pricing practices.
Love that Epipen joke by Jimmy Kimmel. Mylan price gouging is a national disgrace.
— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) September 19, 2016
While others are not very impressed with the fact that food allergies were made a joke.
— Jeff⚡️ (@JeffSarcastic) September 19, 2016
Watch the video of the full sketch and decide for yourself.
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