Dave Chappelle addressed several controversial topics in his latest “Saturday Night Live” monologue, focusing primarily on Kanye West’s recent anti-Semitic comments.
In a long series of stand-ups, Chappelle checked the name of former President Donald Trump and Senate candidate Herschel Walker – and may have also alluded to the backlash over the jokes he made about the transgender people.
Before starting his routine, he unfolded a small sheet of paper and read: “’I denounce anti-Semitism in all its forms. And I stand with my friends in the Jewish community. And that, Kanye, is how you save time.
About West, Chappelle said he usually approached the rapper when West was embroiled in controversy — but this time, Chappelle said, he waited to watch the response to West’s anti-Semitic statements. Chappelle also joked that ‘Kanye got in so much trouble, Kyrie got in so much trouble’, referencing the NBA star who was suspended by the Brooklyn Nets for comment after sharing a link to an anti-Semitic movie on social media. .
Chappelle said he could see how West would ’embrace the illusion that Jews run show business’, saying it’s ‘not a crazy thing to think about – but it’s a crazy thing to say out loud. in a climate like this.
He continued, “I know Jewish people have been through terrible things all over the world, but you can’t blame black Americans. You simply cannot.
In an apparent nod to the backlash some comics receive when audiences find their jokes offensive, Chappelle ended the monologue by admitting to the audience that he no longer enjoys performing in front of large crowds, saying “this doesn’t shouldn’t be so scary to talk about anything, it makes my job incredibly difficult.
“I hope they don’t take anything away from me,” he said. “Whoever they are.”
Chappelle has made explicit jokes about trans women’s bodies and gender-neutral trans people in several stand-up specials released in recent years. Criticism of his comments grew rapidly in 2021 after the release of his multimillion-dollar Netflix special, “The Closer,” offending LGBTQ advocates and causing some Netflix employees to protest against the company and demand the removal of the special.
Netflix backed the special, which was subsequently nominated for two Emmys. Chappelle responded to criticism on tour shortly after the release of his special, telling his audience that he was open to speaking with trans critics but was “not pandering to anyone’s requests”.