'SNL' criticized for Dave Chappelle's monologue: 'vulgarising anti-Semitism'

‘SNL’ criticized for Dave Chappelle’s monologue: ‘vulgarising anti-Semitism’

Dave Chappelle was on TV again.

This time, the divisive comic spent most of a lengthy monologue on Saturday Night Live commenting on Kanye “Ye” West’s rants about the Jewish community.

On Sunday, Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt slammed the NBC program, accusing the late-night staple of “popularizing anti-Semitism.”

“We shouldn’t expect @DaveChappelle to serve as a moral compass for society, but disturbing to see @nbcsnl not just normalizing but popularizing #antisemitism,” he said. wrote on Twitter. “Why are Jewish sensibilities denied or diminished at almost every turn? Why does our trauma trigger applause? »

The post of Jerusalem tweeted: “American comedian Dave Chappelle said during his SNL monologue that he ‘speaks out against anti-Semitism in all its forms’…before quickly engaging in anti-Semitic tropes.”

Whereas Free time in New York Editor and theater critic Adam Feldman tweeted, “This Dave Chappelle SNL monologue probably did more to normalize anti-Semitism than anything Kanye said. Everyone knows Kanye is crazy. Chappelle poses as a storyteller of difficult truths. It’s worse.”

Yet Tangle News founder Isaac Saul tweeted“Let me be the first Jew to say: Dave Chappelle’s SNL opener last night was hilarious, timely, honest and a reminder that he still understands this country better than many of the people whose whole job is to understand the country. It’s okay to recognize that there are a lot of Jews in the media and in Hollywood. And as Dave said, you can simultaneously note that it’s very stupid to think that means that ‘they are in a cabal controlling the world.

Chappelle’s 15-minute monologue racked up 3.2 million views in less than 24 hours on YouTube – more than any other SNL video since last May. It included comments such as Chappelle saying that Ye had broken “show business rules of perception…if they’re black, then it’s a gang. If they’re Italian, it’s a crowd. But if they are Jews, it’s a coincidence and you should never talk about it. (For full context, the monologue is below).

He added: “I went to Hollywood…this is what I saw: there are a lot of Jews. As many. But that doesn’t mean anything! There are a lot of black people in Ferguson, Missouri. That doesn’t mean they run the place. The comedian said he understood how someone could “embrace the illusion” that Jews “run show business…it’s not a crazy thing to think about. But it’s a crazy thing to say out loud in a climate like this.

Chappelle also discussed NBA star Kyrie Irving, who was recently suspended from the Brooklyn Nets after sharing a link to the documentary Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America, a film that contains anti-Semitic sentiments. “He was slow to apologize,” Chappelle said. “And then the list of demands to get back in their good graces got longer and longer, and that’s where I draw the line: I know that the Jewish people have been through terrible things all over the world, but you can’t blame that. on black Americans. You simply cannot.

Before the monologue, Chappelle unfolded a piece of paper and read a dutiful statement — “I denounce anti-Semitism in all its forms, and I stand with my friends in the Jewish community” — then added, “And that, Kanye, that’s how you save time.

The uproar follows Chappelle receiving considerable backlash for two Netflix specials where he criticized the trans rights movement and made jokes that many considered transphobic.

Last year, Chappelle won an Emmy Award for, ironically enough, hosting Saturday Night Live.

The Hollywood Reporter has contacted NBC for comment.

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