Dave Chappelle is set to host Saturday Night Live (SNL) on Nov. 12, but some people aren’t too happy with the popular comedy show for the decision.
The 49-year-old has been under fire since the release of his 2021 special The Closer, where he made insensitive remarks about the trans community.
“Having Dave Chappelle host SNL again is a slap in the face to trans people, including one of their own new cast members,” tweeted one angry social media user, while referencing comedian Molly Kearney. The comic made history back in September when they became the first nonbinary comic to join the cast.
“Wait I thought I canceled him,” former Netflix employee Terra Field tweeted in opposition to the news. “Is it possible cancel culture isn’t a real thing??”
When Closer premiered on the streaming platform last year, Field resigned after serving as Netflix’s co-vice president of the company’s transgender employee resource group, according to Newsweek. She also staged a walkout in protest of the special.
Chappelle’s forthcoming appearance will mark his third time hosting SNL and will be the first time the revered comic has hosted since the mid-term election. It has become somewhat of a tradition for the former Comedy Central star. Chappelle hosted episodes of the NBC variety series after the results of the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections.
Some fans defend Chappelle after news of his SNL appearance surfaces
After the news of the Emmy-award-winning celeb’s hosting appearance surfaced, some fans rushed in to defend the comedian.
“Chappelle on SNL is exactly what the world needs right now. I cannot wait for some truth bombs, I’m sure butt-hurt cast members will protest. This guy cannot be canceled. Stop ya bullsh*t.” While another user commented, “Y’all know Dave Chappelle isn’t transphobic right?! Stop trying to cancel that man.”
Black Star is set to perform during Chappelle’s upcoming appearance.
Earlier this year, the mega celeb received an Emmy nomination for The Closer, despite the outpour of backlash against the stand-up special. The nod came just a few months after the star was tackled on stage while performing at the Hollywood Bowl in May.
The suspect, Isaiah Lee, said he carried out the attack because he was “triggered” by the comedian’s jokes about the LGBTQ community. “I identify as bisexual,” the 23-year-old told reporters from his cell at the twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles, NEWSONE previously reported.
“I wanted him to know that next time, he should consider first running his material by people it could affect,” he added.
SNL has yet to release a statement about its decision.