Fans of Dave Chappelle let it be known recently that slander of the comedian of any kind will not be tolerated. This comes after the long-time-running sketch comedy series “Saturday Night Live” caught heat this week after announcing that the veteran comedian would be its next host.
As covered extensively by Atlanta Black Star, Chappelle came under fire and on culture’s radar after making controversial remarks about members of the trans community during his 2021 Netflix special “The Closer.” Over the weekend “SNL” revealed on their Twitter that the polarizing star would be hosting the Nov. 12 airing with performances by his friends and legendary hip hop duo Black Star, made up of emcees Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli.
Backlash ensued almost immediately, with many calling out the decision, including one critic who wrote, “Damn… Really shocked and disappointed by this. You guys are better than this, so be better. Do better.”
Another user quipped, “Wakanda Forever is coming out next week and you couldn’t get anyone to host from that movie instead?!”
However, their comments and concerns were soon drowned out by Chappelle stans who rejoiced at the star’s upcoming appearance. Others declared the actor is not canceled, including one supporter who called out new Twitter owner and boss Elon Musk and “SNL,” stating, “Hey Twitter, Dave Chappelle is under attack again. This Man is definitely one of the Greatest that has ever done it.”
They cemented their support, stating, “I stand with DAVE CHAPPELLE. SNL do not CANCEL him as the HOST, Share this Post~ Wilmrbadguy #Istandwithdave #snl #CANCELCULTUREMUSTDIE.”
Many more expressed excitement and interest in catching the episode, like one person who wrote, “I haven’t watched in probably 15yrs. Might have to tune in to this one.” Another added, “y’all need to cut that sweet s–t out we not canceling dave Chappelle n–ga.”
“I don’t watch SNL but I might tune in for this one. It’s interesting how he’s hosted episodes after elections for the last few years,” added a third. “There’s no better analysis of America than that of a black person, particularly one who isn’t afraid to speak freely.”