Jerry Seinfeld didn’t have much to say about Dave Chappelle’s controversy SNL monologue, which focused on the Jewish community and recent anti-Semitism controversy by Kanye West.
During the November 12 broadcast, Chappelle was accused of being an anti-Semite himself, saying there were “too many Jews” in Hollywood and hinting that “they” might take his platform away.
Seinfeld, who is himself Jewish, was asked what he thought of the monologue during a new interview with him Hollywood Reporter.
“I thought the comedy was really well done,” said Seinfeld. “But I think the subject warrants a conversation which I don’t think I would like to have in this setting.”
After investigating whether the monologue made him “uncomfortable,” Seinfeld replied, “It sparks a conversation that will hopefully be productive.”
Named Seinfeld The star added that he doesn’t have a “close relationship” with Chappelle, as the interviewer suggested, saying, “We’re friends, not a close relationship.”
In his comedic monologue speech, Chappelle argued that West broke “the rules of perception” by implying that there was a Jewish conspiracy at the center of the media industry.
He explained, “You know, the rules of perception. If they’re black, that’s a mob. If they’re Italian, that’s a mob. If they’re Jewish, that’s a coincidence and you should never talk about that.”
Hacks Co-star Hannah Einbender was among those who criticized Chappelle for the monologue, which she argued exacerbated anti-Semitic sentiment.
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The actor claimed Chappelle “used a genius tactic: two truths and a lie” and managed to get away with sharing anti-Semitic plot rhetoric by slipping it between “powerful jokes” that she too “laughed at”.
“Nobody who laughs at powerful jokes would be willing to admit there was anti-Semitism in that monologue, because that admission would then qualify them as complicit,” said Einbinder.
The National Director of the Anti-Defamation League also condemned Chappelle’s monologue.
“We shouldn’t expect @DaveChappelle to serve as a moral compass for society, but it’s disturbing to see @nbcsnl not just normalize but popularize #anti-Semitism,” Jonathan Greenblatt wrote on Twitter.
Why are Jewish sensitivities denied or diminished at almost every turn? Why shock us applause? “
Chappelle has become a polarizing figure in recent years due to jokes critics have described as transphobic, which he fails to address in his monologue.
The backlash over Chappelle’s remarks about trans people led to cancellations of theater performances. Earlier this year, plans to name a high school theater in Chappelle’s honor were abandoned at the comedian’s request after student outcry.
Nevertheless, Chappelle continued to tour extensively, and that was his own the closest It was recently nominated for an Emmy Award.
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