“Michael Che wasn`t afraid to start off season 43 of Saturday Night Live with a big political statement.
During Weekend Update, Che, 34, slammed Donald Trump for the perceived slow federal response and alleged mishandling hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico, calling the president `bitch` and a `cheap cracker.`
After reading Trump`s tweet accusing Puerto Rico mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz of being “nasty” to him because Democrats told her to, Che said “Oh really, Donald? You bitch. Was she nasty to you? How nasty? Are you shaking?”
`This isn`t that complicated, man. It`s is hurricane relief. These people need help. You just did this for white people twice,` Che said, referencing Trump`s relief efforts for Florida and Houston residents. `Do the same thing. Go tell Melania to put on her flood heels, get some bottled water, some food, pack up some extra Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl t-shirts and write them a check with our money, you cheap cracker.`
Don`t expect me to get onboard the bandwagon criticizing Che for calling Donald Trump a “bitch” and a “cheap cracker.”
As a lover of the Constitution, a writer and a comedy fan, I place a high premium on the First Amendment.
Comedy should be a bastion of free speech, political-correctness and sensitivity should be anathema to every comic worth his salt. A comic shouldn`t just push the envelope, he should booby-trap the envelope and blow up the house with his outrageous commentary.
I am not going to wet my drawers in faux outrage when a black funnyman calls a white person a “cheap cracker,” or when a white comedian calls a black person a “nigger.” Nigga please, ain`t no rules in comedy.
Free speech advocates and anti-free speech fascists would agree that Donald Trump is a “bitch” and a “cheap cracker,” and truth be told I haven`t heard too many folks complain about Che`s spot-on description of Trump.
But whenever a comic uses words such as “bitch” or “nigger” we shouldn`t get our panties in a bunch.
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