The internet blows up for celebrity promposals, but Jimmy Kimmel is not a fan.

By Nick Romano
April 13, 2017 at 08:32 AM EDT
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The internet blows up for celebrity promposals, but Jimmy Kimmel is not a fan. The late-night host pointed to that 17-year-old teenager from Phoenix who asked Emma Stone to his prom as an example of why this practice is “terrible” and needs “to be stopped.”

“Listen, kid, Emma Stone, whether she’s in London or not, doesn’t want to go to the prom with you — at all,” Kimmel said on Wednesday night. “Like, it’s probably the last thing she wants to do, and not because she’s in London working. She doesn’t want to go to a dance with you because she’s 28 and 28-year-old people don’t want to go on dates with 16-year-old children because it’s creepy.”

After Jacob Staudenmaier created the La La Land opening number for his promposal, Stone sent him back a letter explaining that she’s “in London working,” but was honored and “grateful” for his musical invite.

“Why do we find it so socially acceptable for a boy to ask an adult celebrity on a date?” Kimmel continued. “What if it was the other way around? What if Shailene Woodley — no, you know what, what if Shia LaBeouf showed up at a high school looking for a date? He’d be arrested, right?”

The late-night host did acknowledge that some celebrities contributed to the trend. But he misses the time when “you liked a girl so you called her house, when she answered you got scared and hung the phone up.”

“Kids, don’t look for your prom date in Us Weekly. It’s not cute,” he said. “Selena Gomez doesn’t want to make out with you, okay? Go to the cafeteria, find someone your own age, and paw him or her in the back of a limo.”

Watch Kimmel in the clip above.

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