“You don’t know how good someone’s music really is until you find out they’re a pedophile.”
The last few weeks have not been kind to what’s left of R. Kelly and Michael Jackson‘s respective fanbases. Both Surviving R. Kelly and Leaving Neverland have ravaged the legacies of two revered musicians with mortifying allegations of sexual abuse and pedophilia. That’s a lot to reckon with. And Pete Davidson certainly empathizes.
During a segment of Weekend Update on last night’s episode of Saturday Night Live, Davidson jokingly outlined a method of personal accountability: “Pretending these people never existed is maybe not the solution. The rules should be like, you can appreciate their work but only if you admit what they did. If it’s that important to you, then at least own it.” He adds, “Like, I don’t ever need to see another Kevin Spacey movie again, but if the CEO of Swisher Sweets turns out to be a cannibal, I can’t just change my whole life.”
Davidson closed with a proposal: “Anytime any of us listen to a song or watch a movie made by an accused serial predator, you have to give a dollar to a charity that helps sexual assault survivors. I’ve already donated $142, and that’s just from the ‘Ignition’ remix alone.”
Watch Pete Davidson’s plea on Weekend Update below.