Racism isn’t funny. Unfortunately, not everyone at NBC seems to agree. The network’s hit late-night sketch-comedy show, Saturday Night Live, announced recently that Donald Trump would host the November 7 episode.
It was a surprising turn of events, given Mr. Trump’s incendiary comments about Latinos that he made in his presidential campaign announcement, which led NBC decided to end its business ties with the real estate mogul.
“NBC made the right decision last June to sever its ties with Trump over his blatantly anti-Latino campaign announcement. Since then he has only gotten worse and more divisive, so this change of heart is even more troubling,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía in a statement.
In response, NCLR has joined with America’s Voice, Latino Rebels, and other groups in a new campaign, #RacismIsntFunny, to put pressure on NBC to cancel Mr. Trump’s appearance on the popular TV show. You can lend your support at RacismIsntFunny.com
Just this week, Rep. Louis Gutierrez (D–Ill.) took to the House floor to highlight the new campaign and to call on NBC to pull the plug on Trump’s appearance.
“It is especially galling that this golden opportunity for Trump to mainstream his message of hate has come from a show that in its 40-year history has had just two Hispanic cast members, has never had a Latina cast member on the show yet has consistently engaged in Latina stereotyping over the years, and has brushed aside our community’s concerns when we have pointed that out,” said Murguía.