Dave Chappelle’s ‘SNL’ Monologue Slammed By Anti-Defamation League Leadership: Why Are Jewish Sensitivities Denied Or Diminished At Almost Every Turn
Dave Chappelle’s “Saturday Night Live” monologue has been called out by the Anti-Defamation League’s CEO.
The Anti-Defamation League did not respect Dave Chappelle’s monologue on a recent episode of “Saturday Night Live.” During the show, the comedian took to the stage and reportedly fired off jokes for almost 15-minutes about Kanye West’s infamous antisemitic comments. As you may already know, Kanye’s questionable remarks caused multiple business deals he was a part of to be terminated.
The Anti-Defamation League’s CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, believes Dave Chappelle’s performance did “not just normalize but popularize antisemitism.” On Sunday (Nov. 14) Jonathan Greenblatt took to Twitter and wrote:
“We shouldn’t expect Dave Chappelle to serve as society’s moral compass, but disturbing to see @nbcsnl [‘Saturday Night Live’] not just normalize but popularize antisemitism.”
“Why are Jewish sensitivities denied or diminished at almost every turn? Why does our trauma trigger applause?”
During the 49-year-old’s third “SNL” appearance he joked about the Jewish community taking over Hollywood, California. He said:
“I’ve been to Hollywood and this is just what I saw: It’s a lot of Jews, like a lot,”
The joke continued,
“But that doesn’t mean anything. There’s a lot of Black people in Ferguson, Mo., but that doesn’t mean we run the place.”
Despite what Jonathan Greenblatt had to say, the Anti-Defamation League itself hasn’t released an official statement regarding Dave Chappelle’s comments on the popular NBC show. This comes as a surprise being that the organization published statements involving Kanye West’s hate comments, along with Kyrie Irving’s promotion of a film many have called antisemitic.
This isn’t Chappelle’s first time making headlines for his controversial statements. As previously reported, Chappelle’s Netflix special “The Closer,” was interpreted as being hateful toward the transgender community. The comedy special prompted walkouts from LGBTQ+ individuals and allies employed at Netflix. However, the chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, defended the comedian’s performance as artistic expression.
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