Larry David’s Controversial ‘SNL’ Holocaust Joke Has The Internet Pretty, Pretty Divided
Comedian and Saturday Night Live staple Larry David returned to the SNL stage over the weekend, but this time, he took a leading role. David delivered the show's opening monologue on Saturday, in an episode that also featured Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth. Although he has become a beloved fixture of the show over many years, David's SNL monologue featured controversial Holocaust jokes that immediately divided fans on social media.
"So you know, a lot of sexual harassment stuff in the news of late, and you know, I couldn't help but a very disturbing pattern emerging, which is that many of the predators — not all, but many of them — are Jews," David said slowly and dramatically.
David, who is Jewish, was no doubt referring to the multitude of allegations made against Harvey Weinstein in recent weeks. Women from Hollywood and beyond have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, assault, and other misconduct over a period of at least three decades. Weinstein has denied the criminal allegations.
"I don't like it when Jews are in the headlines for notorious reasons," David continued, seeming to make the message personal. Shortly thereafter, David turned his attention to the Holocaust. He joked about hypothetically hitting on women in a concentration camp.
Larry David 's monologue is now a Curb Your Enthusiasm meme pic.twitter.com/DSeMsSLpBv— Wesley Garretson (@Redmonkeybearoo) November 5, 2017
"Of course, the problem is, there are no good opening lines in a concentration camp," David went on to say.
From the start, David seemed to embrace his reputation for shock-value comedy. As he walked onto the stage to begin his monologue, he greeted the audience with, "You tolerate me. You really, really tolerate me."
The controversial and buzzed-about jokes that followed seemed to earn laughs from the live, in-studio audience, but the reaction from fans elsewhere was nothing short of mixed. On Twitter, responses ranged from supportive and entertained to uncomfortable and offended.
The Chrissy Teigen cringe strikes again.
"The Most Larry David Thing Ever"
the internet upset at Larry David for his holocaust joke is pretty much the most Larry David thing ever.— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) November 5, 2017
What did you expect?
It's still too soon, Larry.
What is more offensive than Larry David making a joke about the Holocaust is the former Press Secretary denying facts about the Holocaust.— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) November 5, 2017
Let's keep it in perspective folks. Former Press Secretary Sean Spicer made comments about the Holocaust in a totally real, non-comedic setting. “You had someone as despicable as Hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons,” Spicer once (falsely) said.
I think Larry David is ridiculously funny on Curb, but this monologue is painfully unfunny.— nottheqb (@nottheqb) November 5, 2017
Nice try, Larry.
As a Jew, Larry David's monologue didn't bother me at all. I was more shocked that he committed to a Quasimodo impression.— Tracy Soren (@TracySoren) November 5, 2017
David's Quasimodo bit also appeared in the opening monologue.
Not everyone was unbothered by the jokes.
Curb Your Enthusiasm
larry david getting backlash for telling holocaust jokes on SNL just sounds like a curb your enthusiasm episode— Sam Allan (@s_mallan) November 5, 2017
The comedian is well known for his off-kilter television series.
What a sudden change of direction.
An Extra Hour
Almost forgot that I have an extra hour this morning to feign outrage over Larry David’s monologue!!— Mr. November (@BWetherJohnson) November 5, 2017
Thank goodness for Daylight Saving Time.
What if I told you when Larry David makes a joke about the Holocaust the joke actually isn't about the Holocaust? It's about Larry David? pic.twitter.com/ToQ0pzC5K2— Jewish Aziz Ansari (@JayLouis) November 5, 2017
Is your mind blown?
Not A First Choice
There had to have been another choice.
That doggo does not look entertained.
They can't all be funny, right?
I see Larry David is trending. I'm guessing his SNL appearance was very funny and nobody was outraged, offended, or complaining.— thee anthony fantano (@theneedledrop) November 5, 2017
But how did you know?
*sees Larry David trending*— 💀💀💀 (@NotGryphon) November 5, 2017
*sees that he is still alive and not a sexual predator*
Sigh of rel--
Oh wait. pic.twitter.com/qjKkXy3EMP
I guess it could have been worse, right?
Holocaust jokes aren't the only thing that David is known for on the SNL stage.
Beyond the monologue, David also joined Cyrus, Hemsworth, Alec Baldwin, and other members of the SNL cast in a Price Is Right-themed sketch. The parody gave Baldwin an opportunity to reprise his recurring role as President Trump and David to return as former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Meanwhile, the Weekend Update team parodied Eric Trump and Donald Trump, Jr. encountering Halloween candy and celebrated the Houston Astros' win in the World Series last week. Oh, and Baldwin's Trump held a meeting in a shower.
Still, nothing seemed to take the Twittersphere by storm quite like David's questionable Holocaust jokes.