Saturday Night Live viewers have criticised the long-running sketch series for announcing Dave Chappelle as their new guest host.
The ‘comedian’ was confirmed to host the 12 November episode over the weekend, with hip-hop duo Black Star as its musical guests.
Earlier this year, Chappelle came under fire after declaring himself a “TERF” in his comedy special for Netflix, The Closer, where he also defended JK Rowling’s transphobic comments.
“They cancelled J.K. Rowling — my god. [Effectively] she said gender was a fact, the trans community got mad as shit, they started calling her a TERF,” Chappelle said.
The term “TERF” references “trans-exclusionary radical feminists” whose views are widely seen as transphobic.
After making “jokes” about the bodies of trans women, he went on to say: “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.”
Despite his aforementioned comments, Chappelle then claimed that he’s not saying “trans women aren’t women” and that “people who watch his specials would know that I never had a problem with transgender people”.
The “comedy” special received intense backlash online. Jameela Jamil, Gigi Gorgeous and Dear White People showrunner Jaclyn Moore criticised Chappelle for his “jokes” and Netflix for allowing such transphobic rhetoric on their platform.
Netflix’s trans staff and their allies subsequently staged a company-wide walkout in protest of the special, as well as the streamer’s handling of the situation.
Netflix’s Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos, previously defended their decision to air the programme. In a leaked staff memo, he insisted that “content on screen doesn’t directly translate to real-world harm”, emphasising “artistic freedom”.
In a later interview with Deadline, however, Sarandos said he “screwed up the internal communication” and should’ve “made sure to recognise that a group of our employees was hurting very badly from the decision made”.
As a result of his homophobic and transphobic views, SNL fans objected to Chappelle’s involvement with the show.
“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?!” said one viewer, while another wrote: “Ugh why is #SNL bringing back Dave Chappelle again? So he can make more transphobic jokes?”
A life-long fan of SNL said having Chappelle as host “is not the move” and referenced Molly Kearney, who was recently announced as the show’s first out non-binary cast member: “You have your first non-binary cast member ever and then you book an proud and open transphobe. What a disappointment.”
Check out the reactions below.
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
Ugh why is #SNL bringing back Dave Chappelle again? So he can make more transphobic jokes?
— Alexis (@arosoff) 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.
— Sean Altly (@SeanAltly) November 6, 2022
Wonder how SNL’s first nonbinary castmember this season must feel about them platforming Dave Chappelle next week. Disappointing but not surprising. Feeling for Molly Kearney right now
— JULIA! (@S0UNDOFMETAL) November 6, 2022
THIS shit is why SNL giving Dave Chappelle a platform is dangerous, and why none of us – especially our allies, whose voices aren’t as drowned out as ours – should shut up about it. A war is being waged on trans people (and trans KIDS) every single day, and he helps it grow. https://t.co/Gh5zu8XYTJ
— Zoë Rose Bryant (@ZoeRoseBryant) November 6, 2022
Jesus Christ they are letting Dave Chappelle host SNL again pic.twitter.com/LGZHLL0UZR
— Kyle Kyle Crocodile (@kbaileyjava2) November 6, 2022
dave chappelle has never made me laugh. not even a brief exhale through the nose. good on SNL for continuing to bring on people who are not even funny.
— madeleine (@dungeonturge) November 6, 2022
SNL has Dave Chappelle hosting next week who I honestly didn't even know still did comedy. I thought it was full-time transphobia and wallowing in his persecution complex these days.
— Christopher Grimm (@GrimmPixels) November 6, 2022
White cishet assholes are coming at me for pointing out that SNL has queer staff and fans and maybe they should think about that before bringing transphobic prick Dave Chappelle on so if it becomes untenable to say that here you can find me saying it on my blog 🖕🏼
— @firstname.lastname@example.org (@latenightist) November 6, 2022
why am i surprised that they're having dave chappelle host when they had tr*mp host a month before his election and they let jost and che host update for the last nine years? clearly they don't care what their loyal audience wants at all #SNL
— Lauren 🥯 (@laurenleti) November 6, 2022
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
Why is SNL so fucking enamored with Dave Chappelle, of all people? A man who so smugly loves to demean the trans community at every opportunity? Enough already.
— tomas (who is not doing no-nut november) (@cinema_gay) November 6, 2022
Its crazy how Dave Chappelle is a proud transphobe and he still gets to host SNL https://t.co/WD78xyBkbT
— ✬ 𝑴𝒐𝒏 𝑪𝒉𝒐𝒖 𝑵𝒖𝒏𝒐 ✬ (@_NUN0__) November 6, 2022
It's extremely fucked up that Dave Chappelle is hosting SNL next week (end of statement) but also cause they just added on a trans-nonbinary cast member.
— DubyaWife 🧅 (@DubyaWife) November 6, 2022
i can’t believe snl is having dave chappelle on as a host. little queer me is having her dreams crushed
— apology girl (@veniceb1tch14) November 7, 2022