'Do better': 'Saturday Night Live' slammed for bringing back Dave Chappelle as host after midterm elections

Dave Chappelle has received both huge support and intense criticism for his jokes about transgender people in his recent stand-up routines

'Do better': 'Saturday Night Live' slammed for bringing back Dave Chappelle as host after midterm elections
Dave Chappelle sits onstage during the 36th Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony on October 30, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: 'Saturday Night Live' (SNL), NBC's Emmy-winning late-night comedy show is getting ridiculed after it announced controversial Dave Chappelle will host the show on November 12, four days after the Midterm elections. SLN confirmed Chappelle taking the helm on November 6 in a tweet mentioning him as "Black Star," last week before Tweeting about it again on Tuesday, November 8.

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Chappelle has received both huge support and intense criticism for his jokes about transgender people in his recent stand-up routines. He had a live show canceled in July for the jokes he had made about transgenders. A recent Netflix special, 'The Closer', saw Chappelle tell the audience: "Gender is a fact. Every human being in this room, every human being on Earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on Earth. This is a fact."

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Chappelle also described trans people as "confusing" in another Netflix special, 'Sticks and Stones'. While Netflix has stood by him and told the staff to consider leaving who protested about his material. In fact, one transgender employee, Terra Field, who was co-vice president of Netflix’s transgender employee resource group, resigned from the streaming platform in November last year in protest over the comedy special and later led a walkout, according to Newsweek.

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Field was among those who slammed SLN for hosting Chappelle. She wrote in a tweet, "Wait I thought I cancelled him. Is it possible cancel culture isn’t a real thing??" Another user wrote, "Damn... Really shocked and disappointed by this. You guys are better than this, so be better. Do better." Some called him transphobic while another said it was a slap on the face of trans people, "It’s so easy to not bring transphobic Dave Chappelle on the show. Why did you do it anyway?" One user said, "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?!"

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Earlier this year, a man was charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon after Chappelle was attacked on stage during a show in Los Angeles. However, Chappelle was unharmed. The suspect pointed a replica handgun that contained a knife blade at Chappelle, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said. The incident took place while Chappelle was performing at the Hollywood Bowl, as per BBC. 

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