Michael Che has been furious for sharing a series of tacky jokes about Olympic gymnast Simone Biles on his Instagram account.
In a series of Instagram stories that have since been deleted by the Saturday Night Live comedian, Che posted about the gymnast retiring from the team earlier this week and the all-around final at Tokyo 2020.
While Biles was mostly praised for her decision to retire due to her mental health, Che wrote that she wanted to make jokes about the athlete and asked his followers to share their own jokes about her.
Michael Che (pictured) has been furious for sharing a series of tacky jokes about Olympic gymnast Simone Biles on his Instagram account.
Gymnastics superstar Simone Biles was kicked out of the team final due to a ‘mental problem’ after a shock foul on jump – forcing her to watch from the sidelines as her teammates suffered a painful defeat against their Russian rivals
The comedian then shared some of the reactions he received about Biles, along with ratings out of ten based on how good he thought the so-called joke was.
“Man, I want to laugh at Simone Biles,” Che wrote on his first Instagram story on the subject. ‘I have 3 minutes of Simone Biles jokes in my head. I’m going down to the basement tonight to say them into a microphone. As the wretched children say, I choose violence.’
His followers then sent him a series of comments, which he posted to his Instagram stories with a rating and his own take on the comments.
One of the “jokes,” which Che rated 9/10, was about Larry Nassar, the former American gymnastics doctor who was convicted of abusing hundreds of women and girls in his care and was sentenced to 40-175 years in prison in 2018.
“Damn it, that’s rough,” Che said in response to Nassar’s comment. ‘Absolutely tasteless. 9/10,” he added.
Responding to a second message, this time a racist one, he said: “That’s a good joke. economic. referential. balanced. well done. 8/10.’
Pictured: Posts posted to Instagram by Che saying he wanted to make jokes at the expense of Olympian Simone Biles, before sharing jokes shared by his followers
Before they were taken down, a Twitter account called “BallerAlert” shared screenshots of the posts from Che’s Instagram account, which read “Michael Che come on bro smh (shake my head).”
Che later posted on his Instagram stories, in the same font and white text-on-black background style as his previous posts, claiming that his account had been “hacked.”
“Mannnnn, I was hacked today. I can’t believe they got me,” the story read, later shared by the same Twitter account, BallerAlert. “You know I only joke about white people and cops. All right, now I’ve changed my password and everything.’
Che later posted on his Instagram stories, in the same font and white text-on-black background style as his previous posts, claiming that his account had been “hacked”
The SNL comedian then referenced the latest controversy surrounding rapper DaBaby and homophobic comments he’s made, adding, “Do you hear about dababy tho..?” thats crazy. I’ll see you all at church. I’m going there early.’
Che’s Instagram has since completely disappeared and is believed to have been deactivated.
People were quick to condemn the actions of the former Daily Show correspondent, with the comment about Larry Lassar’s assault on Biles receiving particular criticism from people on Twitter.
In response, activist Farrah Khan tweeted: ‘Larry Nassar has sexually assaulted over 300 gymnasts, including Simone Biles. Jokes about this immense violence are never okay. @hbomax @nbcsnl why is Michael Che still on your schedule?’
Nassar, seen in court in November 2017, is a former American gymnastics doctor who was convicted of abusing hundreds of women and girls in his care and sentenced to 40-175 years in prison
Political commentator Ameshia Cross wrote:: ‘Survivors of sexual violence/abuse are not the target of jokes. Ever. Note #SimoneBiles sexual abuse had been going on for years, starting in her childhood. #MichaelChe is a jerk to even tackle the problem this way. And he’s a fucking fool if he comes back and says he’s been hacked.”
“Michael Che comes for people he thinks he can get away with,” writer Delia Harrington added: ‘Trans women, black women, survivors of sexual violence. Judging by his lame “I got hacked” defense, it seems he had no idea how much loved Simone Biles is, or how screwed up it is to share a Larry. [Nassar] joke.’
Activist Leslie Mac added her voice to the critique, writing: ‘Black Women BEEN told you about Michael Che…but again, you ignored us. But COMEDY right!? F***** hack.’
Earlier this week, Biles announced that she was withdrawing from two Olympic events and would not be defending her Olympic title amid ongoing struggles with her mental health, which she has suggested is related to the ongoing trauma of the abuse she has suffered. endured at the hands of Nassar.
The gymnast broke her silence hours after the news was shared, when she thanked her fans for their “support and love,” noting that her fans have helped her realize “she’s more than gymnastics.”
“The outpouring of love and support I have received has made me realize that I am more than my performance and gymnastics that I never really believed before,” Biles tweeted Wednesday night.
Biles stunned spectators and athletes alike in Tuesday’s team finals when she fluttered her jump — her first skill — by leaping out of one skill into the air and completing only a turn and a half instead of the intended two-and-a-half, a error that gave her an unusually low score of just 13,766.
Moments later, it was announced that she was withdrawing from the lineup altogether, leaving her three teammates, Lee, Jordan Chiles, 20, and Grace McCallum, 18, to try and catch up with their Russian rivals without her. As the trio of early Olympians put up a bold fight—at one point they narrowed the gap between themselves and the Russian Olympic Committee to just a few tenths of a point—they ended up finishing in a silver medal position.