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US congressman: Would Trump be hosting SNL if he called gays and lesbians murderers and rapists?

US congressman: Would Trump be hosting SNL if he called gays and lesbians murderers and rapists?

The growing controversy over NBC choosing Donald Trump to host Saturday Night Live next month reached the floor of the US House of Representatives on Wednesday (21 October).

Luis Gutierrez, a congressman from Illinois, takes issue with comments made about illegal immigrants from Mexico when he announced his candidacy for president in June. Trump had said: ‘They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists.’

‘If Donald Trump had said gays and lesbians were murderers and raping Americans, would he get to host the show?’ Gutierrez asked while standing next to a card with the hashtag #RacismIsntFunny.

‘Trump has said some pretty awful things about women, individually and collectively – but what if he said most women were criminals? Would the writers be thinking up sketches for Trump if he had slandered an entire gender rather than an entire ethnic group?’

Gutierrez wondered the same thing about if such a thing was said about black people or Canadians.

After his controversial remarks, Trump was dumped as host of Celebrity Apprentice and the network also dropped the Trump-owned Miss Universe pageant.

But with Trump leading the Republican polls, NBC has apparently decided that all is forgiven and are giving the candidate the high-profile gig of hosting SNL on 7 November.

Gutierrez points out that Trump has never apologized for his comments.

‘When public figures cross certain lines, they should lose their privileges to host TV shows. At least until they have apologized for their unacceptable behavior,’ Gutierrez said.

Earlier this week, comic Margaret Cho also blasted NBC for giving ‘a known racist’ the SNL gig.