Larry David’s opening monologue as host of “Saturday Night Live” included a cringe-worthy Holocaust joke.
The “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star was mining the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal for comedic gold when he included a little Nazi concentration camp humor, as if there’s ever a time to joke about an atrocity that left more than 6 million people dead.
He begins by noting that “many” of the recent allegations against sexual predators involves Jewish men.
— Matt Wilstein (@mattwilstein) November 5, 2017
He eventually gets around to joking about picking up women in concentration camps.
“I’ve always been obsessed with women, and I’ve often wondered: If I’d grown up in Poland when Hitler came to power and was sent to a concentration camp, would I still be checking out women in the camp?” David said.
“The problem is, there are no good opening lines in a concentration camp,” he added, before sharing a few potential pick-up lines.
Respected Palm Beach Jewish leader Alan Bergstein is appalled by the timing of the shocking “self-hating Jewish” jokes: “He sullied and demeaned his religion by ridiculing rabbis, Jewish customs and holidays on that show now indicates his real lack of concern for Jews by “comicing” concentration camps and their Jewish victims just a few days before the sad commemoration of Kristallnacht coming up on November 9th.”
Kristallnacht, according to the Holocaust Encyclopedia is “literally, ‘Night of Crystal,’ often referred to as the ‘Night of Broken Glass.’ The name refers to the wave of violent anti-Jewish pogroms which took place on November 9 and 10, 1938. This wave of violence took place throughout Germany, annexed Austria, and in areas of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia recently occupied by German troops.”
And while some believe that being Jewish entitles David the right to joke about the Holocaust, many social media users were aghast over the attempt at humor.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
Larry David just put a Holocaust joke and a Harvey Weinstein joke in his opener, my God. #SNL
— Josh Fields (@partiallypro) November 5, 2017
— Cindi Avila (@ChefCindi) November 5, 2017
— Cass (@_Cx2_) November 5, 2017
— sashay away (@readysetsasha) November 5, 2017
— John Yates (@JohnYates327) November 5, 2017
— Dan Riley (@ThreeColumnsArt) November 5, 2017
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