Jon Stewart Doesn’t Think Dave Chappelle’s SNL Show Normalized Anti-Semitism
Jon Stewart came to Dave Chappelle’s defense Saturday Night Live monologue on November 12, 2022, she reported Entertainment Weekly.
Previous The Daily Show The host appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert On Tuesday, November 15, 2022.
“I don’t know if I’m in the comment sections on most news articles, but it’s pretty normal,” he told Colbert. “It’s incredibly normal. But one thing I will say is: I don’t think censorship and sanctions are the way to end anti-Semitism or gain understanding. I don’t think so. It’s the wrong way for us to deal with it.”
Stewart also noted that Chappelle is not the first comedian to discuss harmful stereotypes. “Comedy is reductive. We play with metaphors because everyone has prejudices in their life and the way they look at things.” “And comics rely on those prejudices as a shorthand for our material. Even the most manipulative of comics to some extent.”
Stewart added that the anti-Semitic comments needed to be dealt with in a “straightforward way” or else “we will never gain any sort of understanding with each other.”
“Dave said something in his SNL monologue that I thought was constructive, where he said, ‘It shouldn’t be that hard to talk about things,’” he said. “Look, I can’t pretend there isn’t [bleep] Too many people, in this country and in this world, who think Jews have an unreasonable amount of control over systems.”
I am called an anti-Semite because I am against Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. I’ve called other people stuff based on other opinions I had, but that closed the discussion. And whether it’s comedy or debate or something else, if we don’t have enough to meet each other for what reality is, how do we move forward?”
“I don’t enjoy it. Don’t get me wrong. You know, when people like me, with music that I like, they go out and say, ‘How many of you are in show business?’” he shared. “If we all shut it down, we retreat into our corners and misinformation spreads.” The whole point of all of this is not to let it spread out and get it up in the air and talk about it.”
while on SNLChappelle referred to the anti-Semitic rhetoric espoused by Kanye West and Kyrie Irving in recent weeks. His comic strip was later condemned by the director of the Anti-Defamation League across EW.