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SNL's Michael Che Defends Kevin Hart, Highlights Oscar Hypocrisy

SNL's Michael Che Defends Kevin Hart, Highlights Oscar Hypocrisy

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The Weekend Update co-host uses "whataboutism" to defend the comic, who stepped down from hosting the Oscars, but also makes a salient point.

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Michael Che, one half of the straight boys club that occupies Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update desk, defended Kevin Hart after he stepped down as Oscar host following his refusal to apologize for antigay tweets.

Che came to Hart's defense in the short segment, though the SNL personality didn't mention the comic's initial resistance at taking responsibility for his 2009-2011 tweets, which used antigay slurs and advocated violence against LGBTQ children.

Che cited Mel Gibson's recent Oscar nomination as a double-standard; Gibson is a known racist and homophobe, as well as an alleged domestic abuser. Gibson does seem to be a blind spot for the film industry, since he still stars in major studio films and is regularly rewarded with accolades.

"Also if Kevin Hart isn't clean enough to host the Oscars than no black comic is," Che said, joking that a certain disgraced sitcom star would be the only one who could fit the bill. Watch below, with the bit starting 30 seconds in:

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Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.
Neal Broverman is the Editorial Director, Print of Pride Media, publishers of The Advocate, Out, Out Traveler, and Plus, spending more than 20 years in journalism. He indulges his interest in transportation and urban planning with regular contributions to Los Angeles magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times and USA Today. He lives in the City of Angels with his husband, children, and their chiweenie.