Saturday Night Live co-head writer and co-Weekend Update anchor Michael Che defended fellow comedian Kevin Hart for his past homophobia on the NBC show over the weekend.
During Weekend Update on the sketch comedy show, Che and fellow head writer and anchor Colin Jost run through news headlines from the previous week.
One of the headlines joked about in this past weekend’s update was the rollercoaster of Hart being named as next year’s Oscars host and then dropping out.
It began when the Academy announced Hart as the host. People began resurfacing Hart’s homophobia in his past comedy work and tweets.
Che’s comments begin around the 0:35 mark in the video below.
‘Well, that was short,’ Che says to laughter as he launches into the headline about Hart.
After delivering the news, Che serves this bit of tea: ‘But didn’t the Academy nominate Mel Gibson for an award just last year?’
Gibson was nominated for Best Director for his film Hacksaw Ridge. Gibson’s career has been dogged by accusations of antisemitism, homophobia, racism, and domestic violence.
Che continues: ‘Also, if Kevin Hart isn’t clean enough to host the Oscars, then no black comic is. The only black comic I know that’s cleaner than Kevin Hart is booked for the next 3-10 years [cut to a shot of Bill Cosby].’
Other comics weighing in
Numerous other people, especially other comics, have shared their thoughts on the story.
Nick Cannon flagged other comedians’ using homophobic slurs, seemingly defending Hart.
Interesting🤔 I wonder if there was any backlash here… https://t.co/0TlNvgYeIj
— Nick Cannon (@NickCannon) December 8, 2018
Billy Eichner responded to this with a lengthy statement.
People have been tweeting me for my thoughts on Nick Cannon’s tweets. I obviously can’t speak for the entire LGBTQ community. But here’s my personal opinion for those who care, which is probably not that many people. #SundayFunday pic.twitter.com/2K36pVeF45
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) December 10, 2018
He also discussed toxic masculinity in relation to this controversy.
The Academy has not announced a replacement host for Hart yet.