Jon Stewart defended his pal Dave Chappelle’s recently controversial Saturday Night Live monologue.
The comedian, 49, was a guest host on the NBC sketch series on November 12 and his stint caused an uproar in the “SNL” writer’s room.
He was then accused of regulating anti-Semitism in his monologue, which Stewart, 59, disagrees with.
“Everyone calls me ‘Do you see Dave on ‘SNL’?’ And I say yes, we are very good friends. I always look at and send nice messages,” Stewart said on Tuesday’s episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
“‘He normalized anti-Semitism with the monologue,'” Stewart continued. “I don’t know if you’ve been in the comments sections for most of the news articles, but that’s pretty normal. It’s incredibly normal.”
The former Daily Show host then pointed out that censorship would only make matters worse.
“But the only thing I want to say is that I don’t believe that censorship and punishment is the way to end anti-Semitism or gain understanding,” he said. “I don’t believe in that. It’s the wrong way for us to go about it.”
Stewart also said Chappelle’s speech had at least one good point.
“Dave said something in the ‘SNL’ monologue that I thought was constructive, which was, ‘It shouldn’t be that hard to talk about things,'” he said. “Whether it’s comedy or discussion or anything else, if we don’t have the tools to meet with reality, how do we move forward?”
In the You’ve Got Mail star’s monologue on SNL, he spent 15 minutes joking about Kanye West’s recent anti-Semitic remarks, as well as comments from Brooklyn Nets player Kyrie Irving. The rapper was later dropped from various business partnerships and the basketball star was suspended from the team.
“If we all just shut it down, we retreat into our little corners of misinformation and it metastasizes,” Stewart added. “The whole point of all of this is not letting it metastasize and raising it up in the air and talking about it.”
However, Chappelle’s speech drew criticism from the Anti-Defamation League.
“We shouldn’t expect @DaveChappelle to serve as society’s moral compass, but it’s troubling to see @nbcsnl not only normalize #antisemitism but popularize it,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt tweeted Sunday.
“Why are Jewish sensibilities denied or belittled on almost every corner? Why does our trauma elicit applause?” he asked.
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