Dave Chappelle’s ‘SNL’ monologue draws fire from Anti-Defamation League, claims it ‘popularizes’ anti-Semitism – Deadline
The national director of the Jewish civil rights organization The Anti-Defamation League expressed concern about the comedian. Dave ChappelleIts opening monologue last night Lilove on Saturday night.
Chappelle, a controversial comedian who has in the past been accused of insensitivity surrounding his observations of trans people, Jews, blacks and others, took a long time to open up. SNL Regarding recent issues involving the rapper/entrepreneur Kanye West and basketball Kyrie Irving.
“We should hope not @DaveChapel Serving as society’s moral compass, but boring to watch @nbcsnl Not just normalizing but popularizing # Communalism” said a tweet from ADLJonathan Greenblatt today. Why is Jewish sensibility denied or minimized at almost every turn? Why do we applaud trauma?”
At the start of his routine, Chappelle unfolded a small piece of paper and read from it, “’I condemn all forms of Judaism. And I stand with my friends in the Jewish community.’ And that, Kanye, is how you bought yourself some time.”
Then he went to the meat of the beet. Chappell notes that he has come to learn that “there are two words in the English language that you should never say together in order: ‘the’ and ‘Jew.’
“I’ve been to Hollywood and — no one’s mad at me — I’m telling you what I saw,” he said, adding a signature pause. “It’s very Jewish. Much better. But that doesn’t mean anything! You know what I mean? Just because there are a lot of black people in Ferguson, Missouri, doesn’t mean we run the place.”
He added the “delusion that Jews run show business” is “not a crazy thing to think,” but “it’s a crazy thing to say out loud.” He added of West, “It’s a big deal, he broke the rules of show business. You know, perception rules. If they’re black, it’s a gang. If they’re Italian, it’s a crowd. If they are Jewish, it’s a coincidence and you should never talk about it.
Chappelle ends his long monologue by underlining his point.
“Talking about something shouldn’t be so scary,” she said.. “It’s making my job incredibly difficult. And to be honest with you, I’m sick of talking to crowds like this. I love you to death and I appreciate your support. Thank you. And I hope they don’t take anything away from me… whoever they are either.”
forward, Twitter reaction to Chappelle’s routine was mixed, according to a Jewish-focused nonprofit media outlet. It should be noted The Jerusalem Post accused the comedian of “engaging in anti-Semitic tropes” Time Out New York theater critic Adam Feldman tweeted: “Dave Chappelle’s SNL monologue probably did more to normalize anti-Semitism than anything Kanye ever said.” screenwriter Amalia Lavery tweeted, disapprovingly, “So cool that SNL gave Chappelle the stage to give a TED talk about how Semitic dog-whistles are good, actually.“
wrote Rabbi Josh Utter, an influencer on Jewish Twitter: “As I understand Chappelle’s monologue, the point is that there is a double standard about who can say what about whom. If my Twitter feed is any indication, everyone agrees that this is a problem, although there is wide disagreement on the details.”
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