Comedian Michael Che is used to poking fun at current events and pop culture, but his recent jabs at women who complain about constant catcalling has many calling for an apology.
A social experiment video that went viral this week gave viewers a unique look at a woman experiencing harassment while in public. The video shows a female actress getting dozens of catcalls while walking around New York City for 10 hours. Che took to Instagram on Wednesday to offer his own views on the video, making light of catcalling with a sarcastic apology to all the women he has said "hi" to or called "beautiful."
"I wanna apologize to all the women that ive harrassed with statements like 'hi' or 'have a nice day' or 'youre beautiful.' i cant imagine what that must feel like," he wrote. "The closest thing I've experienced is maybe when a girl recognizes me from tv and they say things like 'AHHHH!! OH MY GOD!! SNL SNL SNL!! TAKE A PICTURE!! TAKE A PICTURE!! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!! WHATS YOUR NAME AGAIN?! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! WAIT SAY SOMETHING FUNNY!!' but even that is nothing like the harassment of having a complete stranger tell me to 'smile.'"
Understandably, Che's social media followers called out the Saturday Night Live comedian for his tone-deaf attitude toward harassment. He responded to the criticism with an equally-snide non-apology: "I think some of u are misunderstanding that post. im simply just making fun of something that is important to a lot of people."
Seems like Che isn't too worried about alienating his female audience.
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