MICHAEL Che was blasted for making jokes mocking gold medalist Simone Biles for dropping out of two Olympic events to take care of her mental health.
“Man, I wanna make fun of Simone Biles,” said the Saturday Night Live Weekend Update host on his Instagram story on Thursday. “I got like 3 mins of Simone Biles jokes in my head.”
“I’m going to the cellar tonight to say them into a microphone. As the dorky kids say I’m choosing violence,” he wrote on his story.
Che later allegedly went on to share and critique jokes directed at Biles that were DM’d to him on the social media platform, blasting the star for opting out of two competitions for her mental health.
Een van hulle, according to Newsweek, mentioned disgraced athletics doctor Larry Nassar, who was convicted of sexually abusing a number of many young gymnasts.
Biles revealed she was one of the victims in Januarie 2018.
Che shared that joke and apparently gave it a score of 9/10 and wrote “goddamn, that’s rough. Absolutely tasteless,” according to screenshots from his story shared on Twitter on the account @balleralert.
In another screenshotted DM making a joke about Biles’ race, Che wrote “now that’s a good joke. Economical, referential, balanced. Good job” before scoring it an 8/10.
As people began to blast the SNL star, Che started deleting the posts.
Then in a since-deleted story, hy het geskryf “Maaannnn, I got hacked today. Cant believe they got me. Yall kno I only do jokes about whites and cops. s’all good now, I changed my password and everything.”
But people on both Instagram and Twitter didn’t buy his story, pointing to the similar font and manner of speaking used between the joke ratings and the pseudo-apology for the jokes.
Biles has been the target of such attacks after she opted out of two events at the Tokyo Olympics this week.
She shared a video of her falling off the uneven bars, saying she didn’t need to show everyone why she’s taking time off but called her manner of falling the “twisties.”
In 2016, Biles took home gold in every competition, but made the tough decision to opt out to take care of her mental health this time around.
She is being monitored by the USA Gymnastics team and will see if she will compete in her four remaining competitions.
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This isn’t the first time Che has gotten into hot water for making insensitive remarks.
In May of this year, Che was blasted for using African American Vernacular English to make a sketch that didn’t go over so well with viewers of the show.
Che blasted his critics, saying although he’s used to sketches that “bomb,” he’s thankful that he stirred enough commotion to get people to stop saying “bro.”