Street harassment is not a good thing. The viral video that came out this week certainly drives that point home. Clearly, however, Saturday Night Live’s Michael Che is not quite as sensitive to the topic as others.
The comedian is in a bit of hot water after posting this to his Instagram:
"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.""
He then followed up with this on his Twitter:
i think some of u are misunderstanding that post. im simply just making fun of something that is important to a lot of people.— Michael Che (@CheThinks) October 29, 2014
And finally, offered this sarcastic “apology for the apology” back on Instagram:
"i wanna apologize for my last apology. sometimes i forget that i belong to all of you now, and that any thought i have should be filtered through you, and receive ur approval. its tough, because im used to taking risks and finding humor in places of discomfort. but thats all over, cause i have a job on tv. and if i say the wrong thing youll see to it that its taken away. so the next time i have a silly thought, ill giggle to myself, keep my mouth shut, & post a picture with my arm around a more famous person i met somewhere."
Will there be a Lorne Michaels-enforced, more sincere-sounding “apology for the apology for the apology?” You’d have to think so.
[via Huffington Post]