There’s nothing funny about racism
NBC recently announced that Donald Trump will host Saturday Night Live on November 7.
That’s the same Donald Trump whose campaign rhetoric — rooted in racism, fear-mongering and hate — is demonizing and dehumanizing immigrants and people of color. The same Donald Trump whose platform advocates for the mass deportation of Latino immigrants.
Donald Trump is one of the leading presidential candidates in the Republican field. NBC’s news division should cover him as they would any other front-runner. But NBC and Saturday Night Live (SNL) should not be validating his hateful views by giving him an additional national platform to bolster his image and entertain the American people.
Tell NBC and SNL: Stop promoting hate. Cancel Donald Trump’s appearance on Saturday Night Live.
There’s mounting evidence that Donald Trump’s racist demagoguery is resulting in real-world violence and physical and verbal intimidation. Here are just a few examples:
Last week, at a rally in Virginia, when student immigration activists tried to interrupt Trump, Trump supporters physically attacked them. One supporter was caught on tape swearing and spitting in the face of a demonstrator. Another yelled, “Go back where you came from!” to the students.1
In September, students with the United We Dream movement organized a protest at a Trump rally in Washington D.C. Trump supporters yelled at them, spit at them, and yelled derogatory slurs.2
In August, two brothers from South Boston ambushed a 58-year-old homeless man as he slept outside. They targeted him because he was Hispanic. One of the brothers said he was inspired in part by Trump. In response, Trump said, “I will say that people who are following me are very passionate. They love this country and they want this country to be great again. They are passionate.”3
In August, a Trump supporter at a rally in Alabama said to the New York Times: “Hopefully, [Trump’s] going to sit there and say, ‘When I become elected president, what we’re going to do is we’re going to make the border a vacation spot, it’s going to cost you $25 for a permit, and then you get $50 for every confirmed kill. That’d be one nice thing.”4
Rather than denounce Trump’s racist rhetoric, the other Republican candidates are scrambling to match it. And rather than challenging his fear-mongering, the mainstream media covering the presidential race have largely given him a pass.
NBCUniversal, the network that broadcasts Saturday Night Live, cut their ties with Trump’s Miss Universe pageant in June after he called Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists when he announced his candidacy for president.5 There’s no reason why they should now be legitimizing the same hate by letting him host SNL.
Donald Trump absolutely has a first amendment right to say whatever he wants, no matter how hateful. And the news media should cover him as a leading presidential candidate. But it’s irresponsible and dangerous for NBC to provide Trump with a free national platform to bolster his campaign fueled by bigotry and racism.
Sign the petition to tell NBC and SNL: Stop promoting hate. Cancel Donald Trump’s appearance on Saturday Night Live.
Thanks for holding NBC and SNL accountable.
“Donald Trump Rally Turns Violent As Supporters Clash With Anti-Racism Activists,” Paul Vale, Huffington Post UK, 10/15/2015.
“Immigrant Youth Deliver Real Talk to Donald Trump: ‘You Are a Racist’,” Mario Carillo, United We Dream, 9/9/2015.
“South Boston brothers allegedly beat homeless man,” Sara DiNatale and Maria Sacchetti, Boston Globe, 8/19/2015.
“Donald Trump Fails to Fill Alabama Stadium, but Fans’ Zeal Is Undiminished,” Alan Blinder, New York Times, 8/21/2015.
“NBCUniversal cuts ties with Trump,” Brian Stelter and Frank Pallotta, CNN Money, 6/29/2015.