Saturday, July 24, 2021

Michael Che Under Fire for ‘Transphobic’ Joke About Kanye West and Caitlyn Jenner

Michael Che

*”Saturday Night Live’s” Michael Che has been catching some major heat over a joke he made while anchoring “Weekend Update,” over the weekend, that many are calling “transphobic.”

The so-called controversial remark came as the comedian was mocking Kanye West, and the recent release of the rapper’s new album, “Jesus Is King,” before comparing Ye to Caitlyn Jenner.

“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,” Che said, “How long before this guy changes his name to Cathy.”

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To stress his point that West appears to be morphing into an old white woman, he showed a side-by-side of Yeezy and a photo of a random older white lady.

“Now, you might think that I’m crazy, but about five years ago, there was a fella named Bruce Jenner, and he moved to Calabasas…” Che said, as the audience laughed.

The trans community are pissed at him for using Jenner’s former name and referring to her as a “fella.”

“Caitlyn Jenner was deadnamed and misgendered as a punchline. There wasn’t even a joke,” one Twitter user wrote, via ET. “The punchline was just dead naming her and then the bit ended. It was super uncomfortable for the audience.”

“@nbcsnl Michael Che, I’m disappointed in your comparison of Kanye West, a cis man, to Caitlyn Jenner, a trans woman. Your comparison implies that trans women are just men who change their names. You also misgendered and deadnamed her,” another user wrote. “Both of these things are extremely harmful, widespread practices that contribute to the oppression of trans women, and the trans community at large. I want you to apologize for this behavior. You are better than this.”

A third added, “The thing that gets me about this transphobic SNL joke is that Michael Che clearly thinks this joke is the Height of Comedy since he cannot contain the giggle storm forming on his face.”

Do you think Michael Che crossed the line?

SNL airs live coast-to-coast Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. ET, 8:30 p.m. PT on NBC.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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