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Dave Chappelle’s SNL monologue: Addressing Kanye’s anti-Semitism

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For the third time in the past decade, Saturday Night Live’s Dave Chappelle has been tapped to host a post-election episode. And while addressing the midterms results and reflecting on what the future holds for Donald Trump, the comedian’s 15-minute monologue largely focused on Kanye West and the controversy surrounding his recent anti-Semitic remarks.

“I reject anti-Semitism in all its forms — that, Kanye, buys you some time,” Chappelle said at the beginning of his monologue. “I’ve been doing this for probably 35 years, and early in my career I learned that there are two words in the English language that you should never say together, and they are: The Jews.”

Chappelle noted how he has often come to West’s defense in the past, but this time “I wanted to see what happens first.” He then noted the irony of adidas ending its association with West: “adidas was founded by Nazis, and they were offended.”

“It’s big business [West] broke the rules of show business,” continued Chappelle, “you know, the rules of perception. If they’re black, then it’s a gang. If they’re Italian, it’s a mob. If you’re Jewish, that’s a coincidence and you should never talk about it.”

Elsewhere in the monologue, Chappelle said, “I don’t think Kanye is crazy, he may not be fine.”

And yet, Chappelle concluded his comments about West by noting that some of the rapper’s criticisms weren’t unfounded. “I’ve been to Hollywood, that’s exactly what I saw. There are many Jews. How many,” he said. “There are a lot of black people in Ferguson, Missouri, that doesn’t mean they run the place. You could go out in Hollywood and start connecting any lines and you could embrace the illusion that Jews are in show business. It’s not crazy to think, but it’s crazy to say it out loud.”

Elsewhere in his monologue, Chappelle called Georgia Republican Senate nominee Herschel Walker “obviously stupid,” noting the irony in Donald Trump stealing classified documents from “the work” — especially since he was notorious for doing so during his tenure at the Oval Office never read, and praised Ukraine’s success on the battlefield against Russia.

Watch Chappelle’s full monologue below. Next month, Chappelle will be teaming up with Chris Rock for a series of co-headlining tour dates (tickets available here).

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