‘Saturday Night Live’ viewers criticise Dave Chappelle hosting announcement

“Having Dave Chappelle host SNL again is a slap in the face to trans people”

Saturday Night Live viewers have criticised the show following the announcement that Dave Chappelle will return to host this week.

The comedian is set to host the show on November 12, which marks his first time hosting since 2020 when he appeared for a post-general election SNL special after Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump.

It’s also Chappelle’s first time hosting since the release of his Netflix special The Closer, which featured material that some perceived as transphobic.

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Following the latest announcement, one viewer wrote: “Ugh why is #SNL bringing back Dave Chappelle again? So he can make more transphobic jokes?”

Another wrote: “Wonder how SNL’s first nonbinary cast member this season must feel about them platforming Dave Chappelle next week. Disappointing but not surprising. Feeling for Molly Kearney right now.”

You can check out more reactions below.

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In The Closer, Chappelle declared he was “team TERF” (trans-exlusionary radical feminist) and said “gender was a fact” when discussing the controversy around Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.

Earlier this year, a venue in Minnesota cancelled one of his stand-up gigs following the backlash. Chappelle addressed the criticism during a speech at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington D.C., which was released on Netflix, where he claimed those critical of his comments disregarded his “artistic nuance”.

“This is my biggest gripe with this whole controversy with The Closer: that you cannot report on an artist’s work and remove artistic nuance from his words,” Chappelle said. “It would be like if you were reading a newspaper and they say, ‘Man shot in the face by a six-foot rabbit expected to survive,’ you’d be like, ‘Oh my god,’ and they tell you it’s a Bugs Bunny cartoon.”

Chappelle will be joined on SNL by the recently reunited Black Star as musical guests.

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