This time, the controversial comedian devoted most of a lengthy monologue on Saturday Night Live to discussing Kanye “Ye” West’s comments regarding the Jewish community. Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, slammed the NBC programme on Sunday, saying it “popularised antisemitism.”
He stated on Twitter that it was upsetting to see that “@nbcsnl is not just normalising but popularising #antisemitism” and that “we shouldn’t expect @DaveChappelle to function as society’s moral compass.” Why are Jewish sensibilities consistently downplayed or denied? Why does our pain elicit cheers?
The American comedian Dave Chappelle declared during his SNL monologue that he “denounces antisemitism in all its forms” before immediately using antisemitic stereotypes, according to a tweet from The Jerusalem Post.
Adam Feldman, the theatre critic and editor of Time Out New York, wrote on Twitter that Kanye West’s comments pale in comparison to the impact of Dave Chappelle’s SNL monologue in normalising anti-Semitism. Everyone understands Kanye is crazy. Chappelle presents himself as a purveyor of unpalatable truths. It gets worse.
Isaac Saul, the creator of Tangle News, however, stated in a tweet: “Let me be the first Jew to say: Dave Chappelle’s SNL open last night was hilarious, topical, honest, and a reminder that he still understands this nation better than a lot of folks whose entire job is to understand this country.
It’s acceptable to mention the large Jewish presence in and the media. In addition, as Dave noted, it is absurd to assume that this indicates they are part of a secret society that rules the world. More people have watched Chappelle’s 15-minute speech on YouTube in less than 24 hours than any other SNL clip since last May, with 3.2 million views total.
There were remarks like Chappelle’s that Ye violated “the show business norms of perception… It’s a gang if they are Black. It’s a mob if they’re Italian. However, if they are Jewish, it is merely a coincidence, and you should never bring it up. (The monologue is below for the complete context.)
“I’ve been to and this is what I saw: There are a lot of Jews,” he continued. a lot, almost. However, that is meaningless. The Black population of Ferguson, Missouri, is sizable. does not imply that they are in charge. The comedian claimed to have empathy for anyone who “adopts the idea” that Jews “control show business… It’s not crazy to think that way. But in this environment, saying it aloud would be foolish.
Chappelle also talked about NBA star Kyrie Irving, who was recently suspended from the Brooklyn Nets for sharing a link to the antisemitic documentary Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America. He took a while to apologise, Chappelle remarked. This is where I draw the line: I realise the Jewish people have experienced terrible things all around the world, but you can’t put it on black Americans.
The list of demands to win their favour grew longer and longer. You simply cannot. I repudiate antisemitism in all its forms, and I stand with my friends in the Jewish community, Chappelle read aloud before the monologue. He then added, “And that, Kanye, is how you buy yourself some time.”
The controversy comes after Chappelle faced intense backlash for two Netflix specials in which he disparaged the transgender community and made jokes that some perceived as being transphobic. Ironically, Chappelle’s hosting of Saturday Night Live earned him an Emmy Award the previous year.