Satire is a beautiful thing. But it can also cross the line.
During the Weekend Update portion of last weekend’s Saturday Night Live, anchor Michael Che made a joke about Israel. To say that it did not go over well is an understatement.
The question I have to ask, is it satire or antisemitism?
I get that it was a joke. Weekend Update is not your serious local weeknight news. It is supposed to be funny and perhaps bordering on not exactly being 100% politically correct.
That being said, I can’t help but agree that it did have a slightly anti-Semitic undertone. My people have been persecuted and murdered because of the lies that have been told about us.
Unlike other countries (ahem, United States) on which the the rollout of the vaccine programs have been unnecessarily complicated or messy, the Israeli government got their shit together. As of February 4th, US News & World Report put out a story that all Israelis over the age of sixteen were able to get the vaccine. The important word in this headline is all. There was no mention of any specific group that was either pushed to the head of the line or denied access because of their religious or cultural background.
I’ve been a fan of SNL for more than twenty years, this program is usually the highlight of my weekend. I can usually laugh at anything. But this joke, I cannot and will never be able to laugh at.
One of the great aspects of our government and our culture is the freedom to think and believe as we see fit. Even if what we think and believe is contrary to our neighbor’s thoughts and beliefs.
The grey area in this topic comes into play when we add in the idea of one group feeling discriminated against by another group.
Before I go any further, I need to state that I am not and I have never been a business owner.
That does not mean that I agree with the ideas that are attached to this specific piece of legislation. If a business owner refuses to provide a product or a service because the customer is part of the LGBTQ community, that is their right. As some of my readers know, I have a professional background in customer service. A negative review or opinion of the business can sometimes travel faster and farther than a positive review or opinion of the business. If one customer is turned away or feel discriminated against, that could possibly create a ripple effect, which could end up hurting more people than the individual customer.
At the end of the day, no law can force a business owner to serve a customer. It is the right of the business owner to tell the customer that for whatever reasons they have, they will not be able to assist them.
But that does not mean that turning down the business will help the business owner either.
I’m going to end with a short clip from last weekend’s Saturday Night Live, which as always, hits the nail on the head every time.