Saturday Night Live and Michael Che slammed for ‘tired, offensive’ prison rape joke. Last week, it was transphobia
Somehow completely unable to read the room, during the “Weekend Update” segment of the show, Che still went ahead with a joke about prison rape.
Describing a story in which a Wisconsin man robbed a bank because he wanted to “try something new”, Che said: “I like that attitude, said his cellmate.”
Viewers were sick and tired of Che’s repeated anti-LGBT+ jokes, and took to Twitter to express their frustration.
One wrote: “Been watching SNL for 30 years but I’m done – can’t take another week of Michael Che’s prison rape jokes.”
the world: say something funny without relying on 30 year old homophobic tropes
michael che: pic.twitter.com/d76MhwNRyT
— left handed personality (@bhthecat) February 7, 2021
Another said: “So Michael Che made a transphobic joke last week and then made a prison rape joke this week while an openly gay man was hosting? I only watched for Dan, but like, ew.”
So Michael Che made a transphobic joke last week and then made a prison rape joke this week while an openly gay man was hosting? I only watched for Dan, but like, ew. pic.twitter.com/3rnqilxgE5
— Mix Andrist (She/Her/Sir) (@MixAndrist) February 8, 2021
Michael Che made the prison rape ‘joke’ just one week after he was accused of transphobia.
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On the 30 January episode, Che addressed president Joe Biden’s recent executive order overturning the ban against trans troops serving in the US military.
Che said: “President Biden signed an executive order repealing Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military.
“It’s good news, except Biden is calling the policy: ‘Don’t ask, don’t tuck’, which is not good news.”
Lee Clatworthy, acting chair for trans charity Sparkle, said SNL has a “history of punching down at LGBT+ people”, but he found it “astounding in 2021 that a senior writer and his colleagues still think it’s necessary to broadcast a joke in which trans women are the butt”.