12:26pm PT by Erin Carlson
Jimmy Kimmel on Tanning Mom: 'She's So Tan It's Actually Racist'
When Patricia Krentcil was charged with child endangerment for allegedly putting her 5-year-old in a tanning bed, the late-night jokes practically fell into the laps of late-night comedians: a pop-culture punchline was born.
Krentcil is an easy target, isn't she? Besides placing her daughter in harm's way (she denies it), the Nutley, N.J., mom is an alarmingly unnatural shade of orange, prompting ABC's Jimmy Kimmel to launch one of late night's best joke grenades.
"Is she tanning or did she fall down the chimney? She looks like Wile E. Coyote after the dynamite stick blows up," Kimmel said Wednesday during his monologue, adding: "She's so tan it's actually racist."
Wait, there's more.
"Have you heard about the lady who got arrested for bringing her 5-year-old to a tanning salon? First off, guess what state she's from?" Kimmel asked his studio audience, "New Jersey. That's right. Is that even a crime in New Jersey? In New Jersey, I think they call that day care."
Garden State hate aside, at least one prominent tanning devotee agrees with Krentcil's detractors.
"That b---h is crazy… you are not supposed to take kids there," Snooki sniped to Extra. Everyone knows you are NOT supposed to take kids there."
Meanwhile, Krentcil -- now infamously known as Tanning Mom (see also: Tan Mom) -- continues to lash out.
"They're jealous, they're fat and they're ugly," the 44-year-old who looks decades older told TMZ, saying she's the victim of a witch hunt and "there's somebody out there my whole life who doesn't like me."
Krentcil was arrested last week after her kindergarten-age daughter's school summoned police because she was suffering from a "pretty severe sunburn." The girl said she went tanning with her mother, who blamed it on a day spent in the actual sun, not a tanning bed. She is scheduled to be in a New Jersey court next Friday.
Cue another late-night quip, courtesy of Tonight Show host Jay Leno.
"Do you know the worst part of the story? That's what she looks like in May. What's she gonna be like in August? Oh my God!" he exclaimed in another Krentcil-targeted monologue.
Responding to the headlines, Conan O'Brien sidekick Andy Richter tweeted: "Have they announced which presidential candidate the tanning bed mom is voting for yet? Was busy today."