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‘Since when did Hitler come back?’: SNL cast take swipe at Kanye in cold open ditty 

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Saturday Night Live returned this weekend with yet another shot at rapper and fashion designer Kanye West in a Christmas song during the episode’s cold open.

The sketch, which featured several members of the ensemble cast, was premised around things people would like to forget about ahead of celebrating Christmas and the holiday season.

Cast member Bowen Yang sang about wanting to forget Adolf Hitler amid a recent rise in antisemitism, singing: ‘Hitler, since when did Hitler come back? Didn’t we basically all agree years ago, Hitler should never come back?’

Kenan Thompson then chimed in: ‘And why are his new fans black?’

The joke is a reference to West saying in an interview with Alex Jones that he ‘likes’ and ‘loves’ Hitler,’ defended the Nazis and denied the Holocaust – and West and white nationalist Nick Fuentes dined with former President Donald Trump at his Florida Mar-a-Lago estate. 

Before taking shots at Kanye, they went after West’s on-again, off-again pal and Twitter CEO Elon Musk, asking things like: ‘why does he own all the stuff? Why does he have to run Tesla and Twitter, was outer space not enough?’ 

Saturday Night Live returned this weekend with yet another shot at Kanye West in a Christmas song during the episode’s cold open

The sketch, which featured several members of the ensemble cast, was premised around things people would like to forget about ahead of celebrating Christmas and the holiday season, including West's brand of antisemitism

The sketch, which featured several members of the ensemble cast, was premised around things people would like to forget about ahead of celebrating Christmas and the holiday season, including West’s brand of antisemitism

Cast member Bowen Yang sang about wanting to forget Adolf Hitler amid a recent rise in antisemitism, singing: 'Hitler, since when did Hitler come back? Didn't we basically all agree years ago, Hitler should never come back?'

Cast member Bowen Yang sang about wanting to forget Adolf Hitler amid a recent rise in antisemitism, singing: ‘Hitler, since when did Hitler come back? Didn’t we basically all agree years ago, Hitler should never come back?’

Kenan Thompson then chimed in: 'And why are his new fans black?'

Kenan Thompson then chimed in: ‘And why are his new fans black?’

The joke is a reference to West saying in an interview with Alex Jones that he 'likes' and 'loves' Hitler,' defended the Nazis and denied the Holocaust - and West and white nationalist Nick Fuentes dined with former President Donald Trump at his Florida Mar-a-Lago estate

The joke is a reference to West saying in an interview with Alex Jones that he ‘likes’ and ‘loves’ Hitler,’ defended the Nazis and denied the Holocaust – and West and white nationalist Nick Fuentes dined with former President Donald Trump at his Florida Mar-a-Lago estate 

This isn’t the first time the long-running sketch comedy show has dipped into the Kanye waters.

Dave Chappelle used his platform as host in November – prior to West’s praise of Hitler and meeting with Trump and Fuentes – to address several contentious topics making headlines in recent days – specifically honing in on recent anti-Semitic comments made by rapper Kanye West. 

The comic, famed for finding humor in current events – sometimes controversially – used his 15-minute spiel to lampoon West, 45, and several others in the news, including ex-President Donald Trump, Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving, and Senate candidate Herschel Walker.

With that said, the set saw Chappelle, 49, hone in on West particularly, poking fun at the precarious situation the performer has put himself following his recent remarks disparaging Jewish people.

The comment, among others, saw West stripped of several lucrative major partnerships, as well as billions of dollars in a matter of days.

During the monologue, Chappelle attempted to offer West some sarcastic respite to circumnavigate his situation, giving him some much-needed PR advice – to the delight of those in attendance.

The address, however, did not see the comic address the elephant in the room in his own controversy – that surrounding supposedly sexist, homophobic, and transphobic comments made in his 2021 Netflix special ‘The Closer.’

But Chappelle did look to allude to parallels between the negative reaction spawned in both situations – with a series of provocative, pointed observations seemingly made at West’s expense.

Comedian Dave Chappelle spent the first part of his monologue commenting on rapper Kanye West's recent antisemitic remarks

Comedian Dave Chappelle spent the first part of his monologue commenting on rapper Kanye West’s recent antisemitic remarks

Taking the stage, Chappelle began by reading a mock media statement he said he had prepared and needed to deliver before kicking off his hosting gig – his third on the long-running show.

What followed was a monotone address reminiscent of previous apologies and disclaimers offered by celebrities amid an increasingly progressive political climate, and that looked to lambaste West’s current situation.

‘I wanted to read a statement I prepared: I denounce antisemitism in all its forms and stand with my friends in the Jewish community,’ he began.

‘I denounce antisemitism in all its forms, and I stand with my friends in the Jewish community.’ 

A cheeky Chappelle would then break out of his apparent media-induced trance to look up at the camera and address West directly, offering one simple suggestion.

‘And that, Kanye, is how you buy yourself some time,’ the comic said, to loud laughs and woops from the studio audience. 

The polarizing performer went on to joke, in his trademark fashion, how he had never heard anything good come to anyone who had used the phrase ‘the Jews’ – of course referring to West, as well as Nets point guard Irving, who was recently suspended for promoting a film that contained antisemitic tropes on social media.

Offering the pair some sarcastic guidance, Chappelle said, ‘I learned that there are two words in the English language that you should never say together in sequence. And those words are “the” and “Jews.”‘

Then, in true Chappelle fashion, the comic proceeded to breakdown the stereotypes surrounding the Jewish people – particularly in Hollywood – pushing the boundaries of prime time TV in the process.

In the monologue, Chappelle – who famously left the limelight of LA for a more modest life in Africa in 2005 for the better part of a decade – said he had been to Hollywood and, based on his own travels, “It’s a lot of Jews. Like, a lot.’

The comic was then quick to add: ‘But that doesn’t mean anything. There’s a lot of Black people in Ferguson, Missouri.

‘That doesn’t mean they run the place,’ he said, referencing West’s recent declaration.

The 49-year-old comedian told how West believed himself to be untouchable, 'I don't think Kanye's crazy at all,' Chappelle said. 'He's possibly not well.'

The 49-year-old comedian told how West believed himself to be untouchable, ‘I don’t think Kanye’s crazy at all,’ Chappelle said. ‘He’s possibly not well.’

He went on to joke about how West – notorious for airing ill-advised and often arrogant statements to the public over the course of his career –  may have mistakenly though himself to be untouchable before making the series of comments, until he was dropped by several companies including Adidas and Balenciaga.

‘Adidas dropped that n**** immediately!’ he joked of the rapper’s loss of the partnerships, proceeding to point out some of the double standards surrounding the swift and pronounced public outcry.

‘It’s a big deal. He broke the show business rules of perception. If they’re black then it’s a gang. If they’re Italian it’s the mob. But if they’re Jewish it’s a coincidence and you should never speak about it!’

‘I don’t think Kanye’s crazy at all,’ Chappelle continued, adding ‘He’s possibly not well’ – a seemingly serious statement that nonetheless drew laughter.

But as his monologue grew increasingly controversial – with the comic acknowledging the influence that many Jewish professionals have on a place like Hollywood – some gasps and groans from the audience would soon become audible.

‘I just feel if you go out to Hollywood you might connect some kind of lines and come under the delusion that the Jews run Hollywood,’ Chappelle said. ‘It’s not a crazy thing to think.’ 

The comic would then quickly add: ‘But it’s a crazy thing to say out loud at a time like this.’

Prior to hosting, Dave Chappelle made light of the backlash at him hosting Saturday Night Live as he appeared in an advert ahead of this weekend's show

Prior to hosting, Dave Chappelle made light of the backlash at him hosting Saturday Night Live as he appeared in an advert ahead of this weekend’s show

Comedian Amy Schumer made a brief, cutting reference to ‘Nazi’ Kanye West during her return to Saturday Night Live

Schumer, 41, was hosting the long-running sketch show for the first time since 2018 and the third time overall, mocked West over his recent anti-Semitic rhetoric during her opening monologue.

The ‘Life and Beth’ star was talking to the crowd about how her husband was on the autism spectrum and how his condition used to be referred to as Asperger’s Syndrome.

Schumer then said: ‘It used to be called Asperger’s, but then they found out that Dr. Asperger had Nazi ties, Kanye…’

The ‘Inside Amy Schumer’ creator then appeared to riff as if she’d not meant to say that, tapping her microphone to see if anyone could hear her and intoning: ‘That’s weird.’ 

Comedian Amy Schumer made a brief, cutting reference to 'Nazi' Kanye West during her return to Saturday Night Live

Comedian Amy Schumer made a brief, cutting reference to ‘Nazi’ Kanye West during her return to Saturday Night Live

Schumer was talking to the crowd about how her husband was on the autism spectrum and how his condition used to be referred to as Asperger's Syndrome. Schumer then said: 'It used to be called Asperger's, but then they found out that Dr. Asperger had Nazi ties, Kanye. . .'

Schumer was talking to the crowd about how her husband was on the autism spectrum and how his condition used to be referred to as Asperger’s Syndrome. Schumer then said: ‘It used to be called Asperger’s, but then they found out that Dr. Asperger had Nazi ties, Kanye. . .’

Schumer appeared to reference West and suspended Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving’s recent spate of anti-Semitic comments in the show’s closing, where she wore a baseball T-shirt that read: ‘<3 Jews.’ 

West’s Twitter account was suspended after he posted a Nazi swastika inside a Star of David, a religious symbol for Judaism, indicating it would be the logo for his proposed 2024 presidential campaign. 

While the Jones interview comments were his most blatant, West has been pumping out anti-Semitic bile for months. 

When Trump dined with West and Fuentes on Tuesday, November 22 a number of mainstream and anti-MAGA Republicans condemned the meeting in the days after, though other members of the party largely stayed tight-lipped. 

‘I don’t think anybody should be spending any time with Nick Fuentes. He has no place in this Republican party,’ said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday, according to The Wall Street Journal.

West shared an image (redacted above) of a Nazi swastika inside a Jewish Star of David indicating it would be the logo for his proposed 2024 presidential campaign

West shared an image (redacted above) of a Nazi swastika inside a Jewish Star of David indicating it would be the logo for his proposed 2024 presidential campaign

West posted screenshots of his furious text exchange with Elon Musk, who warned him, 'you have gone to far' after West posted an image of a swastika in a Star of David

West responded: 'Who made you the judge.'

West posted screenshots of his furious text exchange with Elon Musk, who warned him, ‘you have gone too far’ after West posted an image of a swastika in a Star of David

Initially, Twitter locked West's account for 12 hours, according to a screenshot he posted on Truth Social, the rival platform founded by Donald Trump

Initially, Twitter locked West’s account for 12 hours, according to a screenshot he posted on Truth Social, the rival platform founded by Donald Trump

West's account was later suspended. It's unclear whether the suspension is temporary or permanent

West’s account was later suspended. It’s unclear whether the suspension is temporary or permanent

When a reporter pointed out that Trump had failed to condemn Fuentes, McCarthy responded, ‘Well, I condemn his ideology. It has no place in society at all.’ 

McCarthy fell short of directly criticizing Trump.  

Rep. James Comer, the ranking Republican on the House Oversight Committee, said Trump ‘needs better judgement in who he dines with.’ 

Sen. Susan Collins, a prominent centrist Republican, told reporters Monday, ‘I condemn white supremacy and antisemitism. The president should never have had a meal or even a meeting with Nick Fuentes.’ 

Collins was among the seven Republican senators to vote in favor of Trump’s second impeachment. 

As was Sen. Bill Cassidy, who also condemned Trump Monday. 

‘President Trump hosting racist antisemites for dinner encourages other racist antisemites. These attitudes are immoral and should not be entertained. This is not the Republican Party,’ Cassidy tweeted. 

Asked about the dinner by NBC News, retiring Ohio GOP Sen. Rob Portman said ‘it was wrong and inappropriate to have that meeting.’ 

‘White supremacy has no place in our nation’s culture and it’s antithetical to anything we stand for as Americans.’ 

The @JudiciaryGOP Twitter account, managed by Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee, deleted a tweet Thursday after Kanye West said he 'likes' and 'loves' Hitler,' defended the Nazis and denied the Holocaust

The @JudiciaryGOP Twitter account, managed by Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee, deleted a tweet Thursday after Kanye West said he ‘likes’ and ‘loves’ Hitler,’ defended the Nazis and denied the Holocaust

Former President Donald Trump said last Friday that disgraced rapper Kanye West showed up at Mar-a-Lago 'unexpectedly' and said he 'knew nothing about' his posse - that included prominent white nationalist Nick Fuentes

Former President Donald Trump said last Friday that disgraced rapper Kanye West showed up at Mar-a-Lago ‘unexpectedly’ and said he ‘knew nothing about’ his posse – that included prominent white nationalist Nick Fuentes

Florida Republican Sen. Rick Scott agreed. 

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell initially declined to speak about the issue when he returned to Washington Monday. 

Asked about it Tuesday, McConnell said, ‘Let me just say that there is no room in the Republican party for anti-Semitism or white supremacy.’ 

‘Anyone meeting with people advocating that point of view in my judgment is highly unlikely ever to be elected president of the United States,’ McConnell added. 

Trump announced he would be running for the White House again in a speech at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday, November 15.  

McConnell had a falling out with Trump after he accurately described President Joe Biden as the president-elect in mid-December 2020, while Trump was still trying to challenge the election result by falsely claiming widespread fraud.

Trump tried to downplay the dinner with West and Fuentes last week. 

‘This past week, Kanye West called me to have dinner at Mar-a-Lago. Shortly thereafter, he unexpectedly showed up with three of his friends, whom I knew nothing about,’ the ex-president said on Truth Social last Friday. ‘We had dinner on Tuesday evening with many members present on the back patio. The dinner was quick and uneventful. They then left for the airport.’ 

On Thursday, Trump expressed anger at an Associated Press reporter for reporting that those meeting with Trump will now be fully-vetted after the disastrous dinner. 

 





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