Friday, July 12, 2024

Dave Chappelle’s Antisemitic “SNL” Monologue Called Out by”Hacks” Star Whose Mother Was in Original Cast, Ratings At Season High


This is not good news.

Dave Chappelle’s antisemitic monologue this weekend drove the “Saturday Night Live” ratings to their season high. Chappelle’s appearance brought the audience up to 4.8 million. That’s a million people higher than when the season began on October 2nd.

Chappelle very cleverly weaved a low key antisemitic rant into his monologue. At first it seemed like he was criticizing Kanye West, but quickly it became clear he agreed with the rapper. The way Chappelle did it was low key enough to register slowly. But several people have started speaking out about it. “Hacks” star Hannah Einbinder, the daughter of original “SNL” star Laraine Newman, was quite eloquent about it. (See below.)

Lorne Michaels should pull this episode from reruns, frankly. What Chappelle did here wasn’t funny, it was incredibly dangerous. Michaels is currently producing a play on Broadway called “Leopoldstadt” which shows what happened to Jews in Vienna when they ignored signs of antisemitism in 1937. They were murdered.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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