Dave Chappelle's appearance on last week's Saturday Night Live had him facing all kinds of backlash after his monologue, which included remarks on Ye, Kyrie Irving and antisemitism itself.
International Jewish organization Anti-Defamation League (ADL), among so many others, called out NBC and Chappelle for his commentary.
The director of ADL wrote on Twitter:
"We shouldn't expect @DaveChappelle to serve as society's moral compass, but disturbing to see @nbcsnl not just normalize but popularize #antisemitism."
"Why are Jewish sensitivities denied or diminished at almost every turn? Why does our trauma trigger applause?"
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Hacks star Hannah Einbinder was the latest to weigh in on the subject, taking to her Instagram story to call out Chappelle:
"Yeah, the Chappelle monologue was littered with antisemitism. He did it masterfully."
"He used a genius technique: two truths and a lie."
"What I mean by that is, bigoted people will often couch their bigotry in a degree of truth. They'll tell you two great things, and then they slip the lie in, because they've earned your trust with the two great things they've told you."
"So in this case, the 'truth' is good jokes. He had some solid jokes in that set. Ones I laughed at."
"The laughter allowed for people to miss the reemphasis of conspiracy sprinkled in. No one who laughs at the solid jokes would be willing to admit that there was antisemitism in that monologue, because that admission would then qualify them as complicit."
"No one wants to feel like a bad person. The fact is: non Jew aren't as keenly aware of antisemitic ideas, tropes, verbiage etc."
"Most people just missed these ideas all together, and only remember that they laughed. So when Jews say he, there was antisemitism in there, folks go, 'you're too sensitive. Learn to take a joke.'"
"Because no one wants to feel they're bad people, they gaslight Jews by telling us that we are imagining things."
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Fans on twitter chimed in with their support of Einbinder's statement.
\u201c#hannaheinbinder analysis of Chappelle\u2019s monologue was spot on perfect. Take a bow. White supremacists have perfected wrapping Two truths with a lie. Amazing a black man is using the same tactic in a comedy monologue.\u201d— Stewart Harris (@Stewart Harris) 1668694133
\u201cThanks #hannaheinbinder\u201d— Jelena \u0110urovi\u0107 (Bijela based) (@Jelena \u0110urovi\u0107 (Bijela based)) 1668361088
\u201c@DannyBaram @TomAandTom1 @IanRanen I think Hannah Einbinder put it best\u201d— Thomas Moore (@Thomas Moore) 1668719716
\u201c@avishaiw @DannyBaram @TomAandTom1 @IanRanen Hannah said it perfectly. Its insidious because when people like kanye & dave & kyrie & nick - pillars in their community - say this stuff, it carries weight. Influence. It makes it ok. It gives it credence. Because its couched in other acceptable shit & wrapped in talent.\u201d— Ian Landis (@Ian Landis) 1668720089
\u201cI agree with Hannah. \nComedians have historically been (or claimed to be, anyway) outsiders standing up for the marginalized and oppressed, not the ones doing marginalization and oppression. https://t.co/F2od20Tinr\u201d— Tim Kirk (@Tim Kirk) 1668711938
\u201cThis is one of the most powerful things I\u2019ve read about veiled antisemitism in comedy. Hannah Einbinder is one of the brilliant stars of HACKS, and this could not have been written any better. Your opinion of Chappelle is irrelevant to this post. Please read the message.\u201d— Dana Goldberg (@Dana Goldberg) 1668695752
\u201cShe is right - Chapelle reeked of anti-semitism.\nhttps://t.co/zH9Sxwba8a\u201d— Justice - Common Sense. (@Justice - Common Sense.) 1668730000
\u201c@Baddiel .@HannahEinbinder nailed it #twotruthsandalie\u201d— David Baddiel (@David Baddiel) 1668427346
\u201cGlad to see American Jewish celebrities standing against antisemitism. https://t.co/lrv7smxdbW\u201d— Josh Howie (@Josh Howie) 1668671315
\u201c@THR Tired: Men like @jonstewart defending the indefensible to protect their friends\nWired: Hannah Einbinder breaking it down and exposing the truth\u201d— The Hollywood Reporter (@The Hollywood Reporter) 1668629942
Jon Steward has also chimed in on the controversy, defending Chappelle.
"I don't believe that censorship and penalties are the way to end antisemitism or to gain understanding."
"I don't believe in that. It's the wrong way for us to approach it."On the contrary, Einbinder finished her IG story:
"The danger here is that Dave Chappelle, and every other male comedian who believes that their amplification of bigotry is just freedom of speech, are seen as tellers of hard truths, and thus anyone who criticizes them are seen as snowflakes."
"I invite you to reframe the narrative. These men who pick up on marginalized groups are establishment bullies reinforcing the status quo - not at all the job of a comedian."
"It is the people who speak out *against* them who are the truth tellers."