Dave Chappelle SNL Monologue Ignores Anti-Trans Scandal, Mocks Kanye

Dave Chappelle SNL Monologue Ignores Anti-Trans Scandal, Mocks Kanye

Taking the main stage at NBC’s Studio 8H on Saturday night, the comedian Dave Chappelle used his monologue as this week’s host “Live on Saturday night” to talk about current events, but declined to discuss anything related to recent anti-trans jokes he said caused controversy.

Chappelle sparked outrage after the release of “The Closer” in October last year, which included the 49-year-old comedian’s hurtful comments about the transgender community, and prompted an immediate backlash from Netflix staff. It included a staged walkout from transgender Netflix employees and associates after the streamer’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos defended Chappelle’s offensive jokes as artistic expression, supporting her “creative freedom.”

Instead, Chappelle began the first stretch of his monologue by commenting on rapper Kanye West’s recent anti-Semitic comments, saying, “I wanted to read a statement I prepared: I stand with my friends in the Jewish community. And this, Kanye, is how you bought yourself some time.” He then continued to scoff Kanye’s anti-Semitic messageAs well as Kyrie Irving’s latest The anti-Semitic tweet scandal and apologies.

Chappelle also made some jokes that had the audience gasping, including, “I’ve been to Hollywood and this is what I see: it’s a lot of Jews, it’s a lot. But it doesn’t make any sense. There are a lot of black people in Ferguson, Missouri, but that doesn’t mean we run the place.”

West and Chappelle have crossed creative paths before, most notably during the early days of West’s rap career, where the musician appeared as a musical guest on the Comedy Central series “Chapelle’s Show.” West also performed during an event Chappelle threw in New York in 2004, which became the documentary film “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party”.

It was Chappelle’s third hosting stint on “Saturday Night Live,” and all three gigs came in the same week as a controversial national election. It seems as though series creator and showrunner Lorne Michaels has carved out the standup as “SNL’s” immediate post-election host for key moments in the nation’s political history. After Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election, Chappelle hosted the show for the first time, the standup monologue emphasizing his concerns about the country’s future but imploring the audience to give Trump a chance at the presidency. Four years later, during the show’s Covid-impacted season, Chappelle hosted for the second time following a presidential election in which incumbent President Joe Biden ousted Trump from the presidency.

In the wake of this year’s election, he mocked Herschel Walker and the so-called “end of the Trump era.”

In the next episode, there was a barbershop-themed sketch that also discussed current events, including West, Walker, the election, as well as pop culture obsessions like “Yellowstone” and Netflix’s “Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.” ”

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