Jerry Seinfeld has given his thoughts on Dave Chappelle’s controversial “Saturday Night Live” monologue.
“I did think the comedy was well-executed,” the 68-year-old comedian told the outlet. “But I think the subject matter calls for a conversation that I don’t think I’d want to have in this venue.
“It provokes a conversation which hopefully is productive,” he continued when asked if the comments made him “uncomfortable.”
Seinfeld also noted that though he is friends with Chappelle, he doesn’t “have a close relationship with him.”
Chappelle, 49, made a guest appearance on Seinfeld’s Netflix talk show “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” in 2018, and the conversation is featured in the upcoming book about the show.
Last weekend, Chappelle hosted “SNL” — which reportedly ignited a boycott from some of the show’s writers — and began his monologue by unfolding a piece of paper and saying, “I denounce antisemitism in all its forms. And I stand with my friends in the Jewish community. And that, Kanye, is how you buy yourself some time.”
“I’ve probably been doing this for 35 years now and early in my career I learned there are two words in the English language you should never say together in sequence and those words are ‘The’ and ‘Jews,’” Chappelle continued. “I never heard someone do good after they said that.”
The controversial comedian also said that he grew up around Jewish people “so I’m not freaked out by your culture,” and that “delusion that Jews run show business” is “not a crazy thing to think,” but “it’s a crazy thing to say out loud.”
“It shouldn’t be this scary to talk about anything,” Chappelle said. “It’s making my job incredibly difficult.”
Chappelle’s “SNL” monologue has been widely criticized, including by the Anti-Defamation League.
“We shouldn’t expect @DaveChappelle to serve as society’s moral compass, but disturbing to see @NBCSNL not just normalize but popularize #antisemitism,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said Sunday.
“Why are Jewish sensitivities denied or diminished at almost every turn? Why does our trauma trigger applause?” Greenblatt continued.
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