Saturday Night Live star Michael Che is getting dragged on social media for making a joke about Caitlyn Jenner that many say is transphobic.
During the “Weekend Update” segment of the show on Saturday, Che joked about Kanye West‘s new religiousness, and compared him to Jenner. He joked that West is turning into an “old white lady.”
Che said: “At first I thought Kanye was losing his mind, and now I feel like he’s fine, he’s just turning into an old white lady. I mean, he used to be one of the coolest black dudes on Earth. Now he’s showing up to events in sweatpants and orthopedic sneakers, listening to Kenny G and trying to get black people to like Trump. It’s like, how long before this guy changes his name to Kathy?”
The 36-year-old then turned to West’s wife Kim Kardashian‘s former step-parent Jenner, who came out as transgender in 2015. He referred to the Olympian as a “fella” and showed a picture of her pre-transition.
“Now, you might think that I’m crazy, but about five years ago, there was a fella named Bruce Jenner, and he moved to Calabasas … ” he said before trailing off.
The joke went down like a lead balloon on Twitter, with many slamming Che for his “transphobia.”
“Time for Michael Che to go. No time for your transphobic garbage,” wrote a viewer.
“Can nbc fire michael che’s transphobic a–,” wrote another.