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Michael Che: 'SNL' Star Ignites Firestorm With Comments on Catcalling

By    |   Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 04:50 PM

“Saturday Night Live” comedian Michael Che has deleted social media comments he made about women and street harassment after his opinions caused an online firestorm of anger.

Che posted his thoughts on Instagram this week in response to a viral video of a woman who walked through New York City in jeans and a T-shirt, receiving numerous comments, or street harassment according to some, from men as she passed by.

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According to The Huffington Post, Che said, “i wanna apologize to all the women that ive harrassed with statements like ‘hi’ or ‘have a nice day’ or ‘youre beautiful’. i cant imagine what that must feel like. the closest thing I've experienced is maybe when a girl recognizes me from tv and they say things like ‘AHHHH!! OH MY GOD!! SNL SNL SNL!! TAKE A PICTURE!! TAKE A PICTURE!! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!! WHATS YOUR NAME AGAIN?! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! WAIT SAY SOMETHING FUNNY!!’ but even that is nothing like the harrassment of having a complete stranger tell me to ‘smile.’”

Che’s comments generated numerous media articles, blog posts, and tweets about what many called his “sexist” attitude.

Che then posted an apology for his comments, the Post reported, that basically said he was sorry he’d forgotten he couldn’t have opinions of his own now that he was an SNL star, and it didn’t feel like an apology at all.



Mike Ryan wrote on ScreenCrush, in an article about being disappointed with Che, that someone recently told him to “smile” on the city streets. “My first reaction was bewilderment. Like, What had just happened? I don’t know this person. … What I didn’t feel was fear, because I knew I at least had a 50/50 chance of defending myself if he should get aggressive. A lot of women do not have this luxury.”

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