Saturday Night Live member Michael Che has been slated for a “disgusting” and “transphobic” joke about Caitlyn Jenner.
On the latest episode of the NBC show, which was been running since 1975, the 36-year-old comedian was performing a mock news report when he began discussing Kanye West.
“At first I thought Kanye was losing his mind, and now I feel like he’s fine, he’s just turning into an old white lady,” Che said. “I mean, he used to be one of the coolest black dudes on Earth.
‘Now he’s showing up to events in sweatpants and orthopedic sneakers, listening to Kenny G and trying to get black people to like Trump; it’s like, how long before this guy changes his name to Kathy?”
“Now, you might think that I’m crazy,” Che said in the segment, which was accompanied by a shot of Caitlyn pre-transition. “But about five years ago, there was a fella named Bruce Jenner, and he moved to Calabasas …”
It’s safe to say viewers were not happy.
“Michael Che’s transphobic and misogynist BS has to go,’ one social media user wrote. “It’s awful and totally not funny. He obviously has nothing left in the tank.”
Another wrote: “Imagine deadnaming and misgendering a trans woman.. and implying that kanye west is trans because he’s f***in weird? Literally where was the comedy in that michael che.”
‘Anyway colin jost and michael che (and other snl writers for sure, but they’re the head writers actually delivering the weekend update jokes) are f***ing transphobic and it’s consistent and i’m fucking sick of it,’ another raged.
Not all were offended with Che or Jost. One commentator noted how previous SNL cast members got away with far worse in the 90s.
‘Man, the people getting mad at Michael Che would have a f***ing aneurism watching a norm macdonald weekend update,’ the user wrote.
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