Dave Chappelle’s Saturday Night Live opening monologue last weekend did not sit well with a number of viewers including the Anti-Defamation League, after the comedian talked about Kanye West (who now goes by Ye) and his recent antisemitic comments and financial woes.
Chappelle kicked off his monologue by reading a statement from a folded note: “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.”
“It’s a big deal, he had broken the show business rules,” Chappelle said of West on Saturday’s (Nov. 12) show. “You know, the rules of perception. If they’re Black, then it’s a gang. If they’re Italian, it’s a mob. If they’re Jewish, it’s a coincidence and you should never speak about it.”
He continued: “I’ve been to Hollywood and—no one get mad at me—I’m just telling you what I saw. It’s a lot of Jews. Like… a lot,” said Chappelle with a wry smirk. He later added that the “delusion that Jews run show business” is “not a crazy thing to think,” but “it’s a crazy thing to say out loud.”
Anti-Defamation League’s CEO Jonathan Goldblatt took to Twitter to respond to Chappelle’s monologue.
“We shouldn't expect @DaveChappelle to serve as society's moral compass, but disturbing to see @nbcsnl not just normalize but popularize #antisemitism. Why are Jewish sensitivities denied or diminished at almost every turn? Why does our trauma trigger applause?”
Last month, West shared in now-deleted social media posts that he wanted to go "death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE," before appearing on several podcast and television sets where he continued to share antisemitic rhetoric.
Did Dave Chappelle go too far? Take a look at his opening SNL monologue here and judge for yourself.