Comedian superstar Dave Chappelle has been tapped to host “Saturday Night Live” this weekend for a third time, causing a revolt among staff writers who are boycotting the show due to his allegedly transphobic and homophobic jokes.
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“They’re not going to do the show,” a source reportedly told Page Six. “But none of the actors are boycotting.”
Chappelle’s representative pushed back on the claim, stating that there was no hint of a boycott when they attended writers’ meetings this week.
“The room was full of writers. They all pitched ideas and they seemed very excited about it… Dave is looking to have some fun,” he told Page Six.
“Saturday Night Live” announced last week that Chappelle would host the show along with musical guest Black Star on Nov. 12.
next week’s show! pic.twitter.com/yyWCsszXDw
— Saturday Night Live – SNL (@nbcsnl) November 6, 2022
The last time that Chappelle hosted “Saturday Night Live” was in 2020. That was before his Netflix special in 2021 called “The Closer.” The show incensed some viewers because they claimed the comedian’s jokes were aimed at the trans community.
In the special, he defended “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling asserting they were both on “Team TERF” (which stands for trans-exclusionary radical feminist).
Chappelle proclaimed that “gender is a fact.”
“Every human being in this room, every human being on Earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on Earth. That is a fact,” he quipped.
Chappelle in charge and the regular writers on strike? SNL will be funny for a change. https://t.co/AUdulmQrs7
— Scott Jennings (@ScottJenningsKY) November 10, 2022
“Saturday Night Live” writer Celeste Yim reportedly wrote on Instagram Stories after the announcement concerning Chappelle, “I’m trans and non-binary. I use they/them pronouns. Transphobia is murder and it should be condemned.”
It is unclear if the alleged statement was actually directed at Chappelle hosting the show.
“Saturday Night Live” announced its first non-binary cast member Molly Kearney in September.
Ex-Netflix executive Terra Field tweeted, “Wait I thought I canceled him. Is it possible cancel culture isn’t a real thing.”
She was one of those who sued the streaming service, charging that they retaliated against those who spoke out against Chappelle. Field, who was co-vice president of Netflix’s transgender employee resource group, resigned from Netflix in November of 2021 in protest over the comedy special and later led a walkout.
“Having Dave Chappelle host SNL again is a slap in the face to trans people, including one of their own new cast members,” another person tweeted. “What the hell Lorne?!”
Having Dave Chappelle host SNL again is a slap in the face to trans people, including one of their own new cast members. What the hell Lorne?!
— Kara🏳️⚧️ (@Runningactor) November 6, 2022
“I love SNL. I’ve been a fan all my life. But having Dave Chappelle on as host is not the move. You have your first non-binary cast member ever and then you book an proud and open transphobe. What a disappointment,” tweeted another.
I love SNL. I've been a fan all my life. But having Dave Chappelle on as host is not the move. You have your first non-binary cast member ever and then you book an proud and open transphobe. What a disappointment.
— Sean Altly (@SeanAltly) November 6, 2022
Dr. Sebastian M. Barr, a psychologist who writes about transgender health, tweeted on Sunday, “I don’t love reminders that the general public and even creators I enjoy don’t care about my community. Dave Chappelle on SNL is sadly not surprising but f****** hurts.”
I don't love reminders that the general public and even creators I enjoy don't care about my community. Dave Chappelle on SNL is sadly not surprising but fucking hurts.
— Sebastian M. Barr, Ph.D. (@DrSebastianBarr) November 6, 2022
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