‘토요일 밤 라이브’ star Michael Che faces backlash for ‘Weekend Updatejoke some deemed anti-Semitic

토요일 밤 라이브” 출연진 Michael Che is in hot water after making a joke on this week’sWeekend Updatesegment that some have deemed anti-Semitic.

While most of the opening segment was dedicated to lambasting Texas Sen. 테드 크루즈 over his now-infamous trip to Cancun, one brief joke made by Che sparked intense reactions on social media. The star commented on a recent headline about Israel’s efforts to vaccinate against the coronavirus.

Israel is reporting that they’ve vaccinated half of their population,” 그는 말했다. “And I’m going to guess it was the Jewish half.

The joke referenced the fact that Israel has faced international criticism for largely excluding Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza from its highly successful vaccination campaign. It held up the shipment for two days as the government faced questioning from a parliamentary committee before ultimately approving it. Israeli lawmakers, 하나, previously suggested using the vaccines as a bargaining chip for the release of captives held by the territory’s militant Hamas rulers.

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It didn’t take long before Che received backlash for the joke, which many deemed anti-Semitic.

Michael Che’s blatantly antisemitic joke tonight? Not cute,
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Michael Che being blatantly antisemitic on snl???? HOW IS THIS OK?
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I was utterly appalled last night by Michael Che’s anti-Semitic dig. He’s offended the trans community in the recent past as well. There’s a difference between sharp comedy and what he’s doing. Time for some sensitivity training,” 다른 사용자가 썼다.

Really @snl? That Israel joke from Michael Che is NOT ok,” another added.

After his name began trending on Twitter, people also rushed to defend the comedian and praise him for trying to highlight the situation happening in Israel.

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Thank you Michael Che! Don’t give in to the critics! #SNL,” one defender wrote.

Hats off to Michael Che for deliberately or not, raising an important question that is not being asked about Israel’s Covid vaccination efforts!” 또 썼다.

Leave Michael Che alone. If you’re upset about that joke; wait until you learn about discrimination in Israel,” added another.

Michael Che is a brilliant comic and opposition to apartheid shouldn’t be conflated with anti-Semitism,” another user added.

Che has previously been criticized for his jokes onWeekend Update.” 가장 최근에, he was accused of making remarks that were offensive to the transgender community over a Nov. 2 joke about 바이든 대통령 ending 도널드 트럼프 ban on transgender people in the military.

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Michael Che is catching backlash for a joke he made on 'Weekend Update.'

Michael Che is catching backlash for a joke he made on ‘Weekend Update.(Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

President Biden signed an executive order repealing Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military,” Che said during the Jan. 30 삽화. “It’s good news, except Biden is calling the policy: ‘don’t ask, don’t tuck,’ which is not good news.

In addition to Cruz and Israel, this week’sWeekend Updatesegment also took jabs at Gov. 앤드류 쿠 오모, the Mars rover, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s divorce and much more.

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