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Following the announcement that Dave Chappelle would host the next episode of Saturday Night Live, some of the show’s writers are planning to boycott the comedian’s performance, according to Page Six.
Saturday Night Live is not only losing grace by leaps and bounds, but it also seems that its writers have lost their sense of humor. According to Page Six, many of the show’s writers would be furious with Dave Chappelle’s appointment as host of the upcoming show, due to jokes they consider “transphobic” and “homophobic.”
While none of the SNL actors will be going on strike, the writers have apparently threatened not to work if Dave Chappelle hosts the show. If true, it could serve as a measure of what their real contribution to the show’s humor is.
Dave Chappelle’s rep assured Page Six that at the show’s prep meeting “there was no evidence of a boycott” and that “the room was full of writers. They all pitched ideas and they seemed very excited about it…. Dave is looking to have some fun.”
The truth is that despite these statements, right after the announcement of Dave Chappelle as a guest, SNL writer Celeste Yim posted in an Instagram story a message that read “I’m trans and non-binary. I use they/them pronouns. Transphobia is murder and it should be condemned.”
While it is common for trans and non-binary people to go around proclaiming their status at every turn, it seems no coincidence that the publication came just after Dave Chappelle’s name was announced as a guest, which would fuel suspicions that the boycott threat is real.
Dave Chappelle infuriates woke people
The animus towards Dave Chappelle stems from the fact that in his latest Netflix special, The Closer, the comedian said things like “Gender is a fact; this is a fact,” he said at the time. “Every human being in this room, every human being on Earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on Earth. This. Is. A. Fact.”
In the wake of this show, Chappelle has had to face the wrath of the most vociferous representatives of the transgender collective, as when Terra Field, who perceives herself as a transgender woman and worked at Netflix, tried to get the platform to remove Chappelle’s shows, and subsequently sued the company claiming that her firing was retaliation for it.
A few months ago, Chappelle performed to help raise funds to erect a theater at his old high school, where he was insulted by some students, who accused him of being a “bigot” and that his “comedy kills.”
Despite the possible boycott, everything seems to indicate that next Saturday we will finally be able to enjoy on SNL a true comedian in the best moment of his career. Dave Chappelle is in such a state of grace that he is not only hilarious in what he says, but he also manages to generate ironic humor around him when students rabidly shout that he is a bigot while he is altruistically helping to build a theater for them.
Ignacio Manuel García Medina, Business Management teacher. Artist and lecturer specialized in Popular Culture for various platforms. Presenter of the program "Pop Libertario" for the Juan de Mariana Institute. Lives in the Canary Islands, Spain // Ignacio M. García Medina es profesor de Gestión de Empresas. Es miembro del Instituto Juan de Mariana y conferenciante especializado en Cultura Popular e ideas de la Libertad.
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