Dave Chappelle talks Kanye in “SNL” monologue


Dave Chappelle addressed a number of controversial topics in his recent “Saturday Night Live” monologue, mainly focusing on anti-semitic comments.

In his lengthy monologue, Chappelle mentioned former President Donald Trump and Senate candidate Herschel Walker, and may have also alluded to the negative reaction to comments he has made about transgender people.

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Before beginning his routine, he unfolded a small piece of paper and read it: “‘I denounce anti-Semitism in all its forms. And I stand in solidarity with my friends in the Jewish community.’ And that, Kanye, is how you buy time.”

On the subject of West, Chappelle said he normally approached the rapper when West was involved in a controversy, but this time, Chappelle said, he waited to see the response to West’s anti-Semitic remarks. Chappelle also joked that “Kanye got into so much trouble that Kyrie got into trouble,” referring to the NBA star suspended by the Brooklyn Nets for comments after sharing a link to an anti-Semitic movie on social media.

Chappelle said he could see how Kanye West “embraces 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.”

In an apparent nod to the backlash some comedians receive when the public finds their jokes offensive, Chappelle ended the monologue by admitting to the audience that he no longer enjoyed performing in front of large crowds, saying “it shouldn’t be so scary to talk about anything, makes my job incredibly difficult.”

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

Chappelle has made explicit comments about trans women’s bodies and transgender people’s lack of gender in several stand-up specials released in recent years. Criticism of his comments mounted rapidly in 2021 following the release of his multimillion-dollar Netflix special, The Closer, which offended LGBTQ advocates and led some Netflix employees to protest the company and call for the special to be pulled.

Netflix championed the special, which was subsequently nominated for two Emmys. Chappelle addressed the criticism on tour shortly after the release of his special, telling his audience that he was willing to speak with trans critics, but would not “bow to anyone’s demands”.

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