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SNL Weekend Update host Michael Che was criticized last week after he made a joke about street harassment, after the video of a woman walking down the street and being catcalled over 100 times was released. Che took to social media where he said :

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Needless to say that didn’t go over well. And Che was on his can’t stop, won’t stop and refused to apologize for those comments and any others. Some people expected an apology from him on Saturday night’s SNL show, but that didn’t happen either.  Allison Piwowarski at Bustle writes, “The real question of Saturday night was if Che would address his comments on SNL. Well, he didn’t.  Weekend Update provides the perfect time for the anchors to address happenings in the news. If Che hadn’t made the comments, the viral video seems to be par for the course in terms of what Weekend Update would cover. So when the video wasn’t brought up in the news section, yet we still got a million more Ebola jokes — for the fourth week in a row —, it was pretty disappointing that we weren’t going to get any real apology. Had Che brought up the video and apologized for the comments, it most certainly wouldn’t have hurt his case. But by not mentioning the comments during his time on-screen, it feels like his ignorant take on the street harassment is once again being brushed under the rug (similar to the multiple “apologies” he tried issuing). ”

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  • Darryl Hines

    There was no need for Michael Che to apologize. Unless I missed something this street harassment issue is going too far. What about the young girls in Nigeria who’ve been taken by Boko Haram? No more, “Bring back our girls”. All we hear now is “Don’t speak to me on the street. I’m being harassed by your words because “hello” and “have a nice day” are invasive, in poor taste and offensive.”