Jonathan Greenblatt, the national director of Jewish civil rights organization, the Anti-Defamation League, wasn’t here for Dave Chappelle‘s opening Saturday Night Live monologue. As special host for the long-running sketch comedy show, Chappelle opened with remarks on Ye and Kyrie Irving, who have recently been disgraced for their controversial statements about Jewish people.
Greenblatt called out Chappelle’s 10-minute monologue, tweeting that it was “disturbing to see @nbcsnl not just normalize but popularize #antisemitism.”
“Why are Jewish sensitivities denied or diminished at almost every turn? Why does our trauma trigger applause?” Greenblatt asked.
Chappelle then added that during his time as a comedian, he’s learned there are “two words in the English language that you should never say together in sequence: ‘The’ and ‘Jews.’”
“I’ve been to Hollywood and — no one get mad at me — I’m just telling you what I saw,” he said. “It’s a lot of Jews. Like a lot. But that doesn’t mean anything! You know what I mean? Because there are a lot of Black people in Ferguson, Missouri, it doesn’t mean we run the place.”
He continued that “delusion that Jews run show business” is “not a crazy thing to think,” but “it’s a crazy thing to say out loud.” He also said of West, “It’s a big deal, he had broken the show business rules. You know, the rules of perception. If they’re Black, then it’s a gang. If they’re Italian, it’s a mob. If they’re Jewish, it’s a coincidence and you should never speak about it.”
Chappelle, who appeared on SNL with hip-hop duo and The Midnight Miracle co-hosts Black Star, consisting of Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli, was boycotted by some staff writers of the late-night comedy showcase. Before his alleged antisemitic opening monologue, writers citied Chappelle’s history of transphobic and homophobic jokes as reason for not supporting the episode, which aired November 12.
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