NBC has tapped Dave Chappelle to host “Saturday Night Live” for a 3rd time subsequent week. And not everyone seems to be glad about it.
Over the weekend, the TV community introduced that the Nov. 12 episode of “SNL” could be hosted by Chappelle with musical visitor Black Star, the hip-hop duo comprising Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli. While some celebrated the controversial comic‘s imminent return to the show, others condemned “SNL” for giving him a platform in the wake of his transphobic remarks.
Chappelle has come under fire for including transphobic material in his stand-up routines — most notably in his Emmy-nominated 2021 Netflix special, “The Closer.” Amid internal and external protests, Chappelle and Netflix have stood by the special, in which the comic declares himself “team TERF,” which stands for trans-exclusionary radical feminist.
“SNL giving Dave Chappelle a platform is dangerous, and … none of us — especially our allies, whose voices aren’t as drowned out as ours — ought to shut up about it,” tweeted @ZoeRoseBryant. “A war is being waged on trans people (and trans KIDS) every single day, and he helps it grow.”
“I mean, I get it, it seems like tradition at this point to have Dave Chappelle host after an election, but haven’t you guys been paying attention to…everything that guy’s been doing lately?” tweeted @Galileo908.
Reps for “SNL” declined to remark. A spokesperson for Chappelle didn’t instantly reply Sunday to a request for remark.
Several Twitter customers identified that Chappelle is slated to host “SNL” the identical season the sketch comedy sequence employed its first nonbinary forged member, Molly Kearney. Kearney made their “SNL” debut earlier this 12 months alongside fellow newcomers Marcello Hernández, Michael Longfellow and Devon Walker.
“I love SNL. I’ve been a fan all my life. But having Dave Chappelle on as host is not the move,” tweeted @SeanAltly. “You have your first non-binary cast member ever and then you book [a] proud and open transphobe. What a disappointment.”
“Wonder how SNL’s first nonbinary cast member this season must feel about them platforming Dave Chappelle next week,” tweeted @S0UNDOFMETAL. “Disappointing but not surprising. Feeling for Molly Kearney right now.”
“Having Dave Chappelle host SNL again is a slap in the face to trans people, including one of their own new cast members. What the hell Lorne?!” @Runningactor wrote in a tweet calling out “SNL” govt producer Lorne Michaels.
Several Twitter customers prolonged their disapproval to Kweli, with @grimesfam2 deeming “SNL” “trash” for reserving a musician accused of “harassing a Black woman.” In July 2020, Maya A. Moody accused “Talib Kweli and his bots” of a marketing campaign of on-line harassment after she observed that a public list of Black rappers who married Black girls — one which included Kweli — was composed principally of artists who wed light-skinned girls.
In a 2020 interview with the Grio, Kweli denied ever “doxxing a Black woman” or “target[ing] Black women for harassment,” describing his suspension from Twitter because the product of a “targeted harassment campaign” — although he additionally claimed he was going to “leave Twitter anyway.”
Kweli’s crew didn’t instantly reply Sunday to a request for remark.
After Chappelle’s “The Closer” premiered in October 2021, transgender Netflix workers and their allies staged a walkout in Los Angeles demanding that the streaming platform acknowledge the hurt the particular and Netflix allegedly precipitated the trans neighborhood.
Terra Field — who beforehand labored at Netflix as a senior software program engineer and served as co-president of the corporate’s trans worker useful resource group — was among the many trans Netflix staffers who publicly condemned “The Closer.” In response to the “SNL” casting information, she sarcastically tweeted, “Wait I thought I cancelled him. Is it possible cancel culture isn’t a real thing??”
Meanwhile, Chappelle and Kweli’s supporters celebrated the “SNL” lineup announcement on social media.
“Dave Chappelle and Black Star (Yasiin Bey/Mos Def and Talib Kweli) finna be on an American television institution days after Election Day. Must watch,” tweeted @CainMcCoy.
“Dave Chappelle and Black Star? Im actually excited,” tweeted @Chimpz9.
“This is going to be dope! 3 of my favorite celebrities,” tweeted @koracklr.
This week’s episode of “SNL” was hosted by comic Amy Schumer with musical visitor Steve Lacy. Other entertainers who’ve hosted “SNL” this season embrace Miles Teller, Brendan Gleeson and Megan Thee Stallion.