Jerry Seinfeld sta chiarendo i suoi pensieri sul controverso monologo “Saturday Night Live” di Dave Chappelle. Per un piccolo contesto, Chappelle ha ospitato lo spettacolo di lunga data della NBC il 12 novembre e ha discusso della controversia che circonda Kanye West e dei suoi espliciti commenti antisemetici, che hanno ricevuto un sacco di contraccolpi da volti famosi (tra cui la sua ex moglie Kim Kardashian e la sua famiglia). Affrontando le osservazioni del rapper durante il suo monologo di apertura, Chappelle ha finto di leggere da un pezzo di carta, affermando: “Denuncia l’antisemitismo in tutte le sue forme. E sto con i miei amici nella comunità ebraica”. Poi è arrivato alla battuta finale, scherzando: “E questo, Kanye, è così che ti guadagni un po’ di tempo”.
Naturally, Chappelle's monologue got some mixed responses on social media. "That Dave Chappelle 'SNL' monologue probably did more to normalize anti-Semitism than anything Kanye said," one person tweeted. Another disagreed though, hitting back, "I'm Jewish and I really don't know why everybody's freaking out about dave chappelle on SNL. He is a comedian whose job is to cross lines. If anything his treatment of Jews was extremely tame compared to any of the other groups he makes fun of. Laugh and move on it's OK."
Jerry Seinfeld called Dave Chappelle's monologue 'well-executed'
Jerry Seinfeld has now weighed in amid the Dave Chappelle debate, admitting he thinks the whole topic needs more time to be spoken out about properly. "I did think the comedy was well-executed, but I think the subject matter calls for a conversation that I don't think I'd want to have in this venue," Seinfeld told The Hollywood Reporter. "It provokes a conversation which hopefully is productive," the former "Seinfeld" star continued, before making it pretty clear he's not super close to his fellow comedian. "I don't have a close relationship with him. We're friends and it's not a close relationship," he said.
Seinfeld is hardly the only star who's spoken out about Chappelle's "Saturday Night Live" appearance, though. Jon Stewart also addressed the controversy on "The Late Show with Steven Colbert," admitting he's been close with the comedian for years while speaking frankly about what comedy is at its core. "Comedy is reductive. We play with tropes because everyone has prejudices in their lives and the way they view things. And comics rely on those prejudices as a shorthand for our material. Even the wokest of comics play with tropes to a certain extent," he said. He then suggested serious topics like antisemitism should be dealt with more plainly instead of being censored, noting, "[If we don't] we will never gain any kind of understanding with each other."