SNL: Dave Chappelle talks Kanye, antisemitism and Trump in monologue



CNN
 — 

Dave Chappelle addressed a number of contentious matters in his newest “Saturday Night Live” monologue, focusing totally on Kanye West’s latest antisemitic feedback.

In a prolonged stand-up set, Chappelle name-checked former President Donald Trump and Senate candidate Herschel Walker – and in addition could have alluded to the unfavourable response to jokes he’s made about transgender individuals.

Earlier than he started his routine, he unfolded a small piece of paper and skim from it: “‘I denounce antisemitism in all its forms. And I stand with my friends in the Jewish community.’ And that, Kanye, is how you buy yourself some time.”

On the subject of West, Chappelle stated he usually approached the rapper when West was embroiled in an issue – however this time, Chappelle stated, he waited to look at the response to West’s antisemitic statements. Chappelle additionally joked that “Kanye got in so much trouble, Kyrie got in trouble,” referencing the NBA star suspended by the Brooklyn Nets for feedback after sharing a hyperlink to an antisemitic film on social media.

Chappelle stated he might see how West would “adopt the delusion that the Jews run show business,” saying it’s “not a crazy thing to think – but it’s a crazy thing to say out loud in a climate like this.”

He went on: “I know the Jewish people have been through terrible things all over the world, but you can’t blame that on Black Americans. You just can’t.”

In an obvious nod to the backlash some comics obtain when audiences discover their jokes offensive, Chappelle ended the monologue by admitting to the viewers he now not loved performing in entrance of huge crowds, saying “it shouldn’t be this scary to talk about anything, it makes my job incredibly difficult.”

“I hope they don’t take anything away from me,” he stated. “Whoever they are.”

Chappelle has made express jokes about trans girls’s our bodies and misgendered trans individuals in a number of stand-up specials launched in the previous couple of years. Criticism of his feedback shortly mounted in 2021 following the discharge of his multi-million greenback Netflix particular, “The Closer,” offending LGBTQ advocates and main some Netflix staff to protest the corporate and name for the particular to be eliminated.

Netflix stood by the particular, which was later nominated for 2 Emmys. Chappelle addressed the criticism on tour shortly after the discharge of his particular, telling his viewers he was keen to speak with trans critics however was not “bending to anybody’s demands.”