‘SNL’ Comedian: Trump Is Right; Our ‘Show Should Show All Views’

Katie Jerkovich | Contributor

Michael Che said President-elect Donald Trump is right that “Saturday Night Live” “should show all views.”

In an interview with Esquire magazine on Wednesday, the 33-year-old anchor of the show’s “Weekend Update” segment was asked about Trump’s critique that the show is too “one-sided.” (VIDEO: ‘THE BUBBLE’ — Saturday Night Live Satirizes Snowflakes Complaining About Trump)

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 29: Michael Che performs onstage during HFC NYC presented by Hilarity for Charity at Highline Ballroom on June 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Hilarity For Charity)

(Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Hilarity For Charity)

“Oddly, I agree with him,” he added. “We try to write that way. But I do agree with him. I think the show should show all views and we make a conscious effort to do so. ”

“That’s why I loved “The Bubble” sketch,” he added. “That was a great sketch poking fun at ultra-liberals. We put him on the show when he was the most controversial man, and people said that wasn’t fair. I don’t think he has much grounds to speak on that because, if anything, we’ve been the most friendly show to him.”

“But comedy should take both sides,” he continued. “No matter who is in power, we should be making fun of them.”

“I watched parts of @nbcsnl Saturday Night Live last night,” Trump tweeted on Sunday after watching part of the show. “It is a totally one-sided, biased show – nothing funny at all. Equal time for us?”

 

Che also focused on his upcoming special on Netflix that deals with the election and such hot topics as Black Lives Matter. (RELATED: SNL Holds Funeral For Hillary Clinton’s Political Career)

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“It’s very tribal in America, especially now,” Che said. “So if you’re a liberal, you’re liberal about everything. You have your mind made up before you’ve even heard the details, you know? When you read the headline, you already know the story.”

“If you’re conservative, it’s the same thing,” he added. “That’s why this election was so polarizing. Nobody was saying, ‘Both of them have things I like, but I’m considering one over the other.’ It’s always, ‘I hate this guy.’ Or, ‘I hate this lady.’ It was split. So with big, heavy issues, they have their minds made up and they’re angry about it because they think if you give up one thing you’re giving up everything.”

“When you have people make issues not feel so heavy, like Black Lives Matter, it’s easier,” he continued. “I’m not yelling at you. You can laugh about it. Then you can say, ‘I’ve never thought of it that way.’ Other than the laughs, the biggest thing I want to get from comedy is ‘I never thought of it that way.’ It’s easier to understand, and you’re more sensitive to the other side when it’s funny.”

Katie Jerkovich

Contributor

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