SNL Faces Backlash Over Anti-Semitic Joke

Saturday Night Live’s Michael Che jokingly said on the Weekend Update “Israel is reporting that they’ve vaccinated half of their population and I’m going to guess it’s the Jewish half.” The comment immediately received criticism. The Anti-Defamation League said, “This joke not only missed the mark, but crossed the line, playing into an anti-Semitic trope in the process.”

Have you ever heard of the phrase, it’s funny because it’s true? Well, when Michael Che wrote those words about Israel and the Jewish people, he was trying to get a laugh from something that he thought was true, but no one’s laughing because it’s fake news. In fact, it’s anti-Semitic. He should do some research. Israel and the Jewish people are not intolerant racists. Instead, every Israeli, irrespective of their race, creed, ethnicity or color will receive a vaccine. Additionally, contrary to what you may have heard, Israel is providing vaccines for Palestinians and Syrians, while inventing new medicines to tackle COVID-19 globally. Really the joke is on Saturday Night Live.

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