Dave Chappelle’s SNL monologue has been accused of “popularizing anti-Semitism.”
Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt has criticized Saturday night live for “not just normalizing anti-Semitism, but popularizing it,” based on Dave Chappelle’s monologue in the latest episode.
The comedian referenced Kanye West’s ongoing anti-Semitism controversy while hosting the late-night show on Saturday, November 12.
He began with a statement: “I condemn anti-Semitism in all its forms and stand by my friends in the Jewish community. And with that, Kanye, you buy yourself some time.”
However, he then referred to a number of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories previously cited by West.
“He broke the rules of show business,” Chappelle said. “If they’re black then it’s a gang, if they’re Italian then it’s a mob, but if they’re Jewish then it’s a coincidence and you should never talk about it.”
Chappelle has verified the name of NBA star Kyrie Irving, who was suspended from the Brooklyn Nets after sharing a link to an anti-Semitic film on social media.
“I’ve been to Hollywood and — no one gets mad at me — I’m just telling you what I saw,” he later added. “There are many Jews. Like a lot. But that doesn’t mean anything, you know what I mean? Because there are a lot of black people in Ferguson, Missouri, that doesn’t mean we run the place.” Chappelle then said that the “illusion that Jews run show business” is “not a crazy thing to think” but “it it’s a crazy thing to say it out loud”.
Shortly after Chappelle’s monologue, Greenblatt slammed his words on Twitter, writing: “We shouldn’t expect @DaveChappelle to serve as society’s moral compass, but it’s disturbing to see @nbcsnl not only normalize antisemitism, but popularize it.”
“Why are Jewish sensibilities denied or belittled on almost every corner? Why does our trauma elicit applause?” he added.
His criticism was echoed by other figures such as Time Out New York theater editor Adam Feldman, who tweeted, “That Dave Chappelle SNL The monologue probably did more to normalize anti-Semitism than anything Kanye said.”
“It’s no surprise that Chappelle continued to use his platform SNL to minimize Kanye and Kyrie’s antisemitism and tell antisemitic jokes,” Alejandra Carabello tweeted. “Transphobia and anti-Semitism form a near-perfect circle in a Venn diagram. When someone tells you who they are, believe them.”
Greenblatt was recently involved in lobbying for Adidas to end its partnership with Ye, which came weeks after the anti-Semitism row first erupted, not, as Chappelle claimed, “immediately.”
The CEO is also working with the brand to launch an anti-hate program.
“We’re proud to be working with @adidas on a new multi-level partnership that will allow @ADL to create a new anti-hate curriculum for school athletes, help fight anti-Semitism and bigotry in sport and our #anti-Semitism -expand reconnaissance programs around the world,” Greenblatt wrote on Twitter last week.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/comedy/news/dave-chappelle-snl-monologue-antisemitism-kanye-b2224409.html Dave Chappelle’s SNL monologue has been accused of “popularizing anti-Semitism.”