Catholic officials demand apology for ‘SNL’ joke about sex abuse
The Diocese of Brooklyn on Monday demanded a public apology from “Saturday Night Live” over a joke that compared the Catholic church’s sex abuse scandals to R. Kelly’s.
The wisecrack came during “SNL’s” “Weekend Update” segment, in which co-host Pete Davidson addressed the disgraced R&B star who is facing multiple counts of sexual abuse.
“Before I continue, this guy is a monster and he should go to jail forever,” Davidson said. “But if you support the Catholic church, isn’t that like the same thing as being an R. Kelly fan? I don’t really see the difference, except for one’s music is significantly better.”
But the Diocese of Brooklyn said the subject was no laughing matter — and blasted the humor as “disgraceful and offensive.”
“Apparently, the only acceptable bias these days is against the Catholic Church,” the diocese said in a lengthy statement. “The faithful of our Church are disgusted by the harassment by those in news and entertainment, and this sketch offends millions. The mockery of this difficult time in the Church’s history serves no purpose.”
It continued, “The clergy sex abuse crisis is shameful, and no one should ever get a laugh at the expense of the victims who have suffered irreparably. The Diocese of Brooklyn strives every day to ensure that sexual abuse by clergy never happens again.”
The Catholic church has been plagued by numerous allegations of sexual abuse of underage victims at the hands of priests. The Brooklyn diocese recently named more than 100 priests who have been accused of sex abuse against children.
Kelly, meanwhile, is charged with sexually abusing four women, including three who were minors at the time, in a decades-long pattern of alleged abuse.
Via New York Post
My view: Pete Davidson is just keeping it real, he is stating facts through comedy, but they want to shut him up. He's not mocking the victims but the priests who were involved in the disgusting act.