Jerry Seinfeld Says Dave Chappelle’s SNL Monologue About Anti-Semitism ‘Provos a Conversation’

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Jerry Seinfeld is speaking out about Dave Chappelle’s opening monologue Saturday Night Live.

The 68-year-old comedian – who is Jewish – took on Chappelle’s comedy routine which took aim at Kanye West’s recent anti-Semitic comments.

“I thought the comedy was well done,” he said The Hollywood Reporter. “But I think the topic calls for a conversation that I don’t think I want to be in this venue.”

The Stuck in Cars Getting Coffee star reiterated his point when asked if the monologue made him “uncomfortable”.

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It sparks a conversation that will hopefully be productive,” he said.

Seinfeld also noted that he doesn’t consider Chapelle, 49, a dear friend, saying, “I don’t have a close relationship with him. We’re friends and it’s not a close relationship.”

On Saturday, Chapelle opened SNL by revealing a paper note and declaring, “I am anti-Semitism of all kinds. And I stand with my friends in the Jewish community. And that, Kanye, is how you buy yourself sometime.”

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Chappelle then noted that he often reaches out to West, 45, when controversy surrounds the rapper, though he chose not to this time. Last month, West shared in now-deleted social media posts that he wanted to go “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE,” before going on a series of podcasts and television appearances where he continued to share antisemitic rhetoric .

Chappelle said there are “two words in the English language that you shouldn’t say together in order: ‘The’ and ‘Jews.'”

“I’ve been to Hollywood and – nobody’s mad at me – I’m just telling you what I saw,” he said. “It’s a lot of Jews. Like a lot. But that doesn’t mean anything! You know what I mean? Just because there’s a lot of Black people in Ferguson, Missouri, doesn’t mean we run the place .”

Chappelle added that “it’s not crazy to think that Jews are in show business” but “it’s crazy to say it out loud”.

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“It shouldn’t be so scary to talk about anything,” Chappelle said. “It’s making my job extremely difficult. And to be honest with you, I’m sick of talking to a crowd like this. I love you to death and I thank you for your support. And I hope you don’t they nothing from me … whoever they are.”

The national director of the Anti-Defamation League criticized the monologue for perpetuating anti-Semitism.

Jonathan Greenblatt, head of the Jewish civil rights organization, shared his thoughts on the monologue on social media on Sunday.

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“We should not expect @DaveChappelle to serve as the moral compass of society, but to see disturbed @nbcsnl not just normalizing but normalizing #antisemitism,” he added write. “Why are Jewish sensibilities almost always denied or minimized? Why does our trauma inspire applause?”

Others chimed in to express concern and share their analysis of Chappelle’s minority. Influencer Rabbi Josh Yuter he wrote that “the main point” of the monologue “is that there are double standards about who can say what about whom.”

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