Michael Che is the co-anchor on Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update segment. Alongside Colin Jost, he hosts a fictional news program based on current events with an apparently comedic slant.
This weekend, Che got into some hot water after one of his “reports” appeared to rely on an anti-Semitic smear.
“Israel is reporting that they vaccinated half of their population, and I’m going to guess it’s the Jewish half,” Che said with a grin.
It’s all fun and games until you start promoting antisemitic myths, @NBCSNL.
Every Israeli citizen—Jewish and Arab, Muslim, Christian, of any or no faith—is eligible to be vaccinated; 2/3 of Israel’s Arab citizens over 60 already have been.
— Avi Mayer (@AviMayer) February 21, 2021
Some people immediately criticized this comment as anti-Semitic, with Fox News reporting that the American Jewish Committee called for NBC “to retract its outrageous claim and apologize immediately.”
Conversely, the editorial board for The Jerusalem Post disagreed,