SNL Criticized Dave Chappelle Monologue: ‘Promoting Anti-Semitism’

Dave Chappelle has appeared on TV again.

This time around, the divisive comedian spent the bulk of the extended monologue Saturday Night Live He gives his thoughts on Kani “Ye”‘s vociferous statements about the Jewish community.

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

“We shouldn’t expect DaveChappelle to serve as a moral compass for society, but it’s upsetting to see @nbcsnl not just normalize but generalize #anti-Semitism”, Wrote on Twitter. Why are Jewish sensibilities denied or diminished at almost every turn? Why does our shock raise applause? ”

Jerusalem Post chirp: “American comedian Dave Chappelle said during his SNL monologue that he “condemns anti-Semitism in all its forms”… before immediately engaging in anti-Semitic tropes.”

While Time Out New York Theater critic and editor Adam Feldman tweeted: “That Dave Chappelle SNL soliloquy likely did more to normalize anti-Semitism than anything Kanye had said. Everyone knows Kanye is crazy. Chappelle presents himself as a hard-truth teller. It’s worse.”

After Tangle News founder Isaac Saul chirp: “Let me be the first Jew to say Dave Chappelle’s SNL opening last night was fun, timely, honest, and a reminder that he still understands this country better than a lot of people whose whole job is to understand the country. Acknowledging that there are a lot of Jews in the media and in Hollywood. Like Dave said, you can at the same time note that it’s pretty stupid to think that they’re in some gang taking over the world.”

Chappelle’s 15-minute monologue garnered 3.2 million views in less than 24 hours on YouTube – more than any other movie. SNL Since last May. It included comments like Chappelle saying that Ye broke “the rules of perception in business…if they’re black, that’s a gang. If they’re Italian, that’s a mob. But if they’re Jews, it’s a coincidence and you should never talk about it.” (For full context, monologue below).

He added, “I’ve been to Hollywood…This is what I saw: They’re a lot of Jews. I love a lot. But it doesn’t mean a thing! There are a lot of blacks in Ferguson, Missouri. It doesn’t mean they run the place.” The comedian said he understood how someone could “embrace the delusion” that the Jewish people “run a commercial… It’s not crazy to think about. But it’s crazy 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 AmericaFilm containing antisemitic sentiments. “He’s been slow to apologise,” Chappelle said. “Then the list of demands to return to their good graces got longer and longer, and this is where I draw the line: I know the Jewish people have gone through horrific things all over the world, but you can’t blame that on black Americans. You just can’t.”

Before the monologue, Chappelle unfolded a piece of paper and read an obedient statement—”I denounce anti-Semitism in all its forms, and I stand with my friends in the Jewish community”—then added, “And that, Kanye, is how you can buy yourself some time.”

The uproar comes on the heels of Chappelle receiving significant backlash over two Netflix specials in which he criticized the transgender rights movement and made jokes that many felt were transphobic.

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

The Hollywood Reporter Reached out to NBC for comment.


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