Dave Chappelle addressed Kaye West’s recent anti-Semitic comments at the beginning of the Saturday Night Live show in a lengthy monologue lasting nearly 17 minutes in which he appeared to defend the rapper’s comments.
Chappelle began by reading a letter he wrote denouncing anti-Semitism.
“I wanted to read out a statement I had prepared: I condemn anti-Semitism in all its forms and stand behind my friends in the Jewish community,” he began.
“And so, Kanye, buy yourself some time,” he joked.
Chappelle noted that he had never heard anyone do anything good after using the phrase “the Jews.”
It comes after the rapper carried out a series of anti-Semitic attacks, claiming that a “Jewish underground media mafia” is ruining his career and that he would go “death con 3” against Jewish people.
Deafcon – also known as the Defense Preparedness Condition – is a warning used by the United States Armed Forces to indicate how quickly the military can be deployed during deadly emergencies and attacks.
The 49-year-old comedian then joked about how West thought he was untouchable, until Adidas dropped him following his recent comments.
Comedian Dave Chappelle spent the first part of his monologue commenting on rapper Kanye West’s recent anti-Semitic comments
“I can’t even remember how it started,” Chappelle said before sharing West’s insulting tweet, “I’m going to kill the Jews.” What is he going to do to the Jews?’
‘I grew up with Jewish people and I have a lot of Jewish friends, so I’m not shocked by your culture. A year ago I saw Kanye on a podcast called DrinkChamps.
He said, ‘I’m a billionaire’. It was funny, but when he went on again, he was on to something and said, “I can say anti-Semitic things and Adidas can’t drop me. Now what?” Chappelle explained.
“Adidas dropped that bastard right away!” he joked.
‘It’s bad. He broke the show business rules of perception. If they’re black, it’s a mess. If they’re Italian, it’s the mafia. But if they’re Jewish, that’s a coincidence and you should never talk about that!’
“I don’t think Kanye is crazy,” Chappelle continued. “He may not be well,” with a laugh.
The 49-year-old comedian shared how West considered himself untouchable: “I don’t think Kanye is crazy,” Chappelle said. “He may not be well.”
But when his monologue made him gasp and moan from the crowd, as he jokingly defended West’s comments.
“I’ve been to Hollywood and I don’t want you to get mad at me, this is exactly what I saw: it’s a lot of Jews. Like many. But that means nothing. There are a lot of black people in Ferguson, Missouri, but that doesn’t mean we run the place.”
“I just feel like if you go to Hollywood, you could sort of connect lines and think that the Jews are running Hollywood. It’s not crazy to think. But it’s crazy to say it out loud at a time like that!’
The comedian and West have a long history together dating back to when West appeared on Chappelle’s Show in the early 2000s.
Despite focusing on West’s cancellation, Chappelle ignored his own recent controversy, coming under fire for making transphobic and homophobic jokes.
Last month, Kanye West tweeted how he would go ‘death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE’
Chappelle’s monologue also poked fun at basketball player Kyrie Irving’s anti-Semitic comments.
Irving was banned from the Brooklyn Nets for at least five games after sharing a link to a documentary containing anti-Semitic sentiments.
“He was slow to apologize,” the host said. “The demands to get back into their good graces were getting longer and longer and this is where I draw the line: I know the Jewish people have done terrible things all over the world, but you can’t blame black Americans for that. You just can’t.’
Then Chappelle looked back on Donald Trump’s presidency and the midterm elections in which he taunted Senate candidate Herschel Walker and called him “perceptibly stupid.”
Chappelle noted how some people believe the Trump era is over, but he shared how he was able to confirm from Ohio that it wasn’t.
‘He is very much loved. And the reason he’s so loved is because people in Ohio have never seen anyone like him,” Chappelle explained, calling the former president an “honest liar.”
He noted how living in Ohio allowed him to get a first-hand look at Trump’s fanbase: “poor white people.”
Prior to hosting, Dave Chappelle made light of the backlash against him presenting Saturday Night Live when he appeared in an ad ahead of this weekend’s show.
It was Chappelle’s third time hosting the show.
The artist’s debut as a host of the series took place in November 2016, just after former President Donald Trump was elected to office.
The comedian then returned to the show in 2020, on an episode that also followed that year’s presidential election.
Prior to his performance, some SNL employees publicly threatened to boycott the program if he hosted it.
One even took to Instagram to argue that “transphobia is murder and it must be condemned” after his lock was announced.
Some would be outraged that the showrunners chose the controversial comedian for his history of making trans and gay jokes.
The SNL writers are so angry they are boycotting the episode, an insider told Page six. The show’s actors will not take a position, the insider noted.
“They’re not going to do the show,” the anonymous insider told the news site. “But none of the actors are boycotting.”
Prior to Chappelle hosting, non-binary SNL writer Celeste Yim posted this on their Instagram stories
A Chappelle representative said there were no signs of a boycott as he attended weekday meetings with the writers.
Chapelle was at 30 Rock in New York City on Tuesday, meeting both writers and producers to hear ideas.
The comedian’s representative said, “The room was full of writers. They were all throwing ideas and they seemed very excited about it…. Dave wants to have some fun.’
But non-binary SNL writer Celeste Yim posted a photo of herself in what appeared to be the writer’s office on their Instagram Stories.
They wrote: ‘I am trans and non-binary. I use she/she pronouns. Transphobia is murder and must be condemned.’
While Yim didn’t refer directly to Chappelle, the timing suggested their message was critical of Chappelle being chosen as host.
Chappelle last hosted the show well before the release of his Netflix special “The Close,” which angered some because some of the jokes were about transgender people.
In The Closer, Chappelle goes to great lengths to emphasize that he doesn’t hate trans people, and tells a long anecdote about a trans woman comic, which he describes as a friend who came to his aid in previous entanglements with the community.
He was criticized for deliberately mistreating the trans boyfriend.
A Saturday Night Live staff writer boycotted this weekend’s show over the decision to let Dave Chappelle (pictured in his ‘The Closer’ Netflix special) host the show.
Chappelle says, “Every human in this room, every human on Earth, had to go through a woman’s legs to be on Earth. That’s a fact.’
In the special, Chappelle also jokes that women see trans women the same way black people see white women wearing blackface.
He noted that women have a right to be angry with trans women, as Caitlyn Jenner won Glamor magazine’s 2015 Woman of the Year award.
“I’d be crazy if I were a woman,” Chappelle says during a problematic piece.
The star also joked about the anatomy of trans women, joking that they didn’t have real female reproductive organs and that they didn’t have blood but “beet juice.”