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'Struggling to be clever': Liberals say 'they're done' with Dave Chappelle after 'SNL' monologue

The controversial comedian hosted the show and addressed the firestorm surrounding Kanye West
UPDATED NOV 15, 2022
David Chappelle at the 'Saturday Night Live' (NBC)
David Chappelle at the 'Saturday Night Live' (NBC)

'Saturday Night Live' is one of the most hyped shows hosted by some well-known names. Not too long ago we saw none other than Kim Kardashian hosting the show, this time its none other than Dave Chappelle. Chappelle, who is known for his satirical comedy sketch series 'Chappelle's Show' (which ran for three seasons), decided to talk about someone who has made headlines in recent weeks. The controversial comedian hosted the show and addressed the firestorm surrounding Kanye West, who legally changed his name to "Ye" after making comments about Jewish people.

People expected Emmy award winner Chappelle to opt for something political, as the SNL broadcast once again came after a crucial election in the country. Chappelle also spoke about NBA star Kyrie Irving after the "Kickin' It" star made headlines for his anti-Semitic behavior and remarks. In his hour-long monolog, Chapelle also touched on a number of other topics, including Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker and, of course, Donald Trump's success in the 2016 presidential election.


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Chappelle began the show by reading a statement that said “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,” Chappelle joked. He went on to say that Ye had broken “the show business rules” which are “the rules of perception.” “If they’re Black, then it’s a gang. If they’re Italian, it’s a mob,” Chappelle said. “But if they’re Jewish, it’s a coincidence and you should never speak about it.” Chappelle went on to talk about the abundance of Jewish people in Hollywood. “But that doesn’t mean anything,” he said. “There’s a lot of Black people in Ferguson, Missouri. Doesn’t mean they run the place.” Chappelle said he could see “if you had some kind of issue, you might go out to Hollywood and start connecting some kind of lines and you could maybe adopt the illusion that Jews run show business.” “It’s not a crazy thing to think,” he said. “But it’s a crazy thing to say out loud.”

Chapelle faced backlash not only from fans but the Anti-Defamation League chief executive officer Jonathan Greenblatt took to Twitter on Sunday to criticize the comedian and the NBC late-night show. “We shouldn’t expect @DaveChappelle to serve as society’s moral compass, but disturbing to see @nbcsnl not just normalize but popularize #antisemitism,” Greenblatt tweeted. “Why are Jewish sensitivities denied or diminished at almost every turn? Why does our trauma trigger applause?”


Meanwhile, fans went on a spree to express their own thoughts by flooding Twitter with a plethora of tweets on this topic. A fan wrote, "Dave Chappelle on SNL tonight is kinda cringe. Wow." A fan shared, "Kanye watching #SNL with #DaveChappelle," while another adds, "idk man but Chappelle has lost it. He’s it’s not funny like he used to. Lot of his recent stuff is bizarre. That monologue was choppy. No flow to it. Nothing hysterical. He was struggling to try to be clever and controversial but it wasn’t working."

A fan said, "I denounce anti-Semitism in all its forms and I stand with my friends in the Jewish community. And that, Kanye, is how you by yourself some time.” - Dave Chappelle via SNL." A fan posted, "I’ve been done with Dave since all his anti trans stuff but this pushed me away from him further. Generalizing people from any group is wrong and he went all in."






'Saturday Night Live' Season 48 is ongoing now with new episodes airing on both NBC and Peacock. All 47 seasons of 'Saturday Night Live' are also now streaming on Peacock.

You can watch Chappelle's monologue on 'SNL' below.


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