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Dave Chappell is on TV again.
This time, the split comics are on Saturday Night Live on Kanye “Ye” West’s rant Post an opinion about the Jewish community.
On Sunday, Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt criticized the NBC show, accusing the late-night anchor of “popular anti-Semitism.”
“We shouldn’t expect @DaveChappelle to be a moral compass for society, but seeing @nbcsnl not only normalize but popularize #antisemitism,” he on Twitter . “Why is Jewish sensitivity denied or diminished almost every moment? Why does our trauma trigger applause?”
The Jerusalem Post Twitter : “American comedian Dave Chappell in his SNL said in his monologue that he ‘condemns all forms of anti-Semitism ‘…and then quickly engage in anti-Semitic tropes.”
while Time Out New York theater editor and critic Adam Feldman tweeted: “Dave Chappell SNL’s The monologue may normalize anti-Semitism more than what Kanye says. Everyone knows Kanye is crazy. Chappelle positions herself as someone who tells difficult truths. It’s worse.”
However, Tangle News founder Isaac Sol tweeted : “Let me be the first to say: Dave Chappelle on SNL last night was hilarious, timely, honest, and reminded him that he still knows more about this country than a lot of people. The whole job is to know People in this country. Admittedly there are a lot of Jews in the media and in Hollywood. Like Dave said, you can note at the same time that it would be very stupid to think that means they are in some cabal controlling the world.”
Chappelle’s – Minute Monologue including comments , for example saying that Yeh violated “the cognitive rules of show business…if they’re black, it’s a gang. If they’re Italian, it’s a thug. But if they’re black, it’s a gang.” They’re Jewish, that’s just a coincidence, you should never talk about it.”
He added: “I’ve been to Hollywood… Here’s what I saw: there were a lot of Jews. Like, A lot. But that doesn’t mean anything! There’s a lot of black people in Ferguson, Missouri. It doesn’t mean they run the place.” The comedian said he understands how someone can “accept the illusion” that Jews “run show business… …it’s not a crazy thing. But speaking up out loud in this climate is a crazy thing. (Monologue below for full context).
Chappelle also talks about NBA star Kyrie Irving, who was recently suspended by the Brooklyn Nets after sharing a link to the documentary Hebrews to Negroes: Awakening Negroes in America , a “He was slow to apologize,” Chappell said. “And then the demands to regain their goodwill kept getting longer, and that’s where I drew the line: I knew that Jews were Horrible things have been experienced all over the world, but you can’t blame this about black Americans. You just can’t.
Before his monologue, Chappell unfolded a piece of paper and read out a dutiful statement – “I condemn anti-Semitism in all its forms, and I stand with my friends in the Jewish community.” — and added, “And Kanye, that’s how you buy yourself time.
The Hollywood Reporter NBC has been contacted for comment.