Jerry Seinfeld Says Dave Chappelle’s SNL Monologue About Anti-Semitism ‘Elicits Conversation’

Jerry Seinfeld attends the LA Tastemaker Event for Comedians in Cars at The Paley Center for Media on July 17, 2019 in Beverly Hills City.  (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Netflix);  Dave Chappelle attends the 22nd Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center on October 27, 2019 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

Jerry Seinfeld attends the LA Tastemaker Event for Comedians in Cars at The Paley Center for Media on July 17, 2019 in Beverly Hills City. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Netflix); Dave Chappelle attends the 22nd Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center on October 27, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

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Jerry Seinfeld speaks out on Dave Chappelle’s opening monologue op Saturday Night Live.

The 68-year-old comedian – who is Jewish – addressed Chappelle’s comedy routine that centered on Kanye West’s recent anti-Semitic remarks.

“I thought the comedy was well executed,” he said The Hollywood Reporter. “But I think the subject evokes a conversation that I don’t think I would want to have in this location.”

The comedians in cars getting coffee star reiterated his point when asked if the monologue made him “uncomfortable”.

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It sparks conversation that hopefully is productive,” he added.

Seinfeld also noted that he doesn’t consider Chapelle, 49, to be a close friend, saying “I don’t have a close relationship with him. We’re friends and it’s not a close relationship.”

Chappelle opened on Saturday SNL by unfolding a paper note and declaring, “I condemn anti-Semitism in all its forms. And I stand with my friends in the Jewish community. And that, Kanye, is how you buy yourself some time.”

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Chappelle then noted that he will often reach out to West, 45, when the rapper is surrounded by controversy, though this time he chose not to. Last month, West shared in now-deleted social media posts that he wanted to go “death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE,” before going on a series of podcast and television appearances where he continued to share anti-Semitic rhetoric.

Chappelle said there are “two words in the English language that you should never say back to back: ‘The’ and ‘Jews’.”

“I’ve been to Hollywood and — no one gets mad at me — I’m just telling you what I saw,” he said. ‘They are many Jews. Like many. But that means nothing! Do you understand what I mean? Just because there are a lot of black people in Ferguson, Missouri, doesn’t mean we’re in charge.”

Chappelle also said that a “delusion that Jews are running show business” “isn’t crazy to think”, but “it’s crazy to say out loud”.

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“It shouldn’t be so scary to talk about something,” Chappelle said. “It makes my job incredibly difficult. And to be honest, I’m tired of talking to such a crowd. I love you dearly and I thank you for your support. And I hope they don’t take anything away.” from me… whoever they are.”

The monologue has since been criticized for perpetuating anti-Semitism by the national director of the Anti-Defamation League.

Jonathan Greenblatt, the head of the Jewish civil rights organization, shared his thoughts on the monologue via social media on Sunday.

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“We shouldn’t expect that @Dave Chappelle to serve as society’s moral compass, but disturbing to watch @nbcsnl not just normalize #antisemitism, but popularize it,” he wrote. “Why are Jewish sensibilities denied or diminished at almost every step? Why does our trauma provoke applause?”

Others joined to raise concerns and share their analysis of Chappelle’s monologue. Influencer Rabbi Josh Yuter wrote that “the main point” of the monologue was that “there are double standards as to who can say what about whom.”

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