SNL’s Michael Che accused of transphobia… again
NBC’s Saturday Night Live kicked off their first show of 2021 in true controversial style. Kate McKinnon lead the cold open scene, satirically discussing the troubled US political and cultural landscape.
It’s not the well timed jokes or expertly written quips that have stirred a storm though. One of the regular sections of the show takes a comedic look the latest news with hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che. During the scene when discussing Presidents Biden’s rollback of allowing trans people in the military, Che said that instead of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’, it was now ‘don’t ask, don’t tuck’.
While we’re all for not taking life too seriously and we look to shows like SNL for light relief, this was out of place, lazy writing. Focussing once again on trans people’s private parts as a source of amusement, it just re-affirms that this is still a long way to go.
SNL prides itself on being inclusive, with the aforementioned McKinnon an out lesbian and cast member Bowen Yang also gay. This makes it even more surprising that such a sloppy joke was allowed through the writing process and the fact Che has been called on it shows that although slow, progress is being made.
Michael Che has previously been criticised for transphobic remarks back in October 2019 when he deadnamed and misgendered Caitlyn Jenner.