AceShowbiz - Michael Che was under fire following his offensive joke during the "Weekend Update" segment in the latest episode of "Saturday Night Live". The comedian was deemed "transphobic" after he misgendered Caitlyn Jenner in the episode.
Michael began his segment by saying that Kanye West was transforming into an old white woman. "I mean, he used to be one of the coolest black dudes on Earth now he's showing up to events in sweatpants and orthopedic sneakers, listening to Kenny G and trying to get black people to like Trump," he said. "It's like, how long before this guy changes his name to Cathy."
Later, Michael alluded that the "Gold Digger" rapper's transformation was because of his move to Calabasas. Referring to Caitlyn before she was transforming, Michael joked, "Now you might think that I'm crazy, but about five years ago, there was a fella named Bruce Jenner, and he moved to Calabasas."
People didn't found his joke funny and they didn't hesitate to lash out at the "SNL" cast member on Twitter. "SNL just made a Caitlyn Jenner joke that was so bad and transphobic that you could hear someone in the audience say 'Noooooo,' " one person tweeted. "Caitlyn Jenner was deadnamed and misgendered as a punchline. There wasn't even a joke. The punchline was just dead naming her and then the bit ended. It was super uncomfortable for the audience."
"Michael Che about to try out the transphobic joke he was working on all week," another user added. Meanwhile, someone else expressed their disappointment to the "Weekend Update" host. "Michael Che, I'm disappointed in your comparison of Kanye West, a cis man, to Caitlyn Jenner, a trans woman. Your comparison implies that trans women are just men who change their names. You also misgendered and deadnamed her," the person wrote.
"Both of these things are extremely harmful, widespread practices that contribute to the oppression of trans women, and the trans community at large. I want you to apologize for this behavior. You are better than this," the user concluded.
Neither "SNL", Michael, Kanye or Caitlyn has responded to the matter.