Saturday Night Live member, Michael Che, has been slammed for making a “disgusting” and “transphobic” joke about Caitlyn Jenner.
On the latest episode of the NBC show, the thirty-six-year-old comedian was performing a mock news report when he began discussing Kanye West. “At first, I thought Kanye was losing his mind.” he said “And now I feel like he’s fine, he’s just turning into an old white lady,” Che said. “I mean, he used to be one of the coolest black dudes on Earth.”
“Now he’s showing up to events in sweatpants and orthopedic sneakers, listening to Kenny G and trying to get black people to like Trump; it’s like, how long before this guy changes his name to Kathy?”
“Now, you might think that I’m crazy,” Che said in the segment, which was accompanied by a shot of Caitlyn pre-transition. “But about five years ago, there was a fella named Bruce Jenner, and he moved to Calabasas.” Yikes.
Viewers were largely disgusted by Che’s comments, commenting things such as “Michael Che’s transphobic and misogynist BS has to go,” on social media. “It’s awful and totally not funny,” this user continued. “He obviously has nothing left in the tank.”
Another wrote: “Imagine deadnaming and misgendering a trans woman.. and implying that kanye west is trans because he’s f***in weird? Literally where was the comedy in that michael che.”
But not all were offended by Che’s comments. One commentator noted that previous SNL cast members got away with making controversial comments in the ’90s, suggesting that Che’s remarks were far less offensive than things that had been said in the past: “Man, the people getting mad at Michael Che would have a f***ing aneurism watching a norm macdonald weekend update,” one user wrote.