“When public figures cross certain lines, they should lose their privileges to host TV shows. At least until they have apologized for their unacceptable behavior,” Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) said this morning in a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives about NBC’s plans for Donald Trump to host Saturday Night Live.
“Installing Trump as SNL host may be good for ratings, but it is a bigger deal than a cameo or a Tonight Show guest [appearance]. And I’m calling you out,” Gutierrez said to NBC, standing next to a card with the hashtag #RacismIsntFunny.
“If Donald Trump had said gays and lesbians were murderers and raping Americans, would he get to host the show?” Gutierrez taunted.
“Trump has said some pretty awful things about women, individually and collectively – but what if he said most women were criminals? Would the writers be thinking up sketches for Trump if he had slandered an entire gender rather than an entire ethnic group?”
Continuing to pile on, Gutierrez asked, “What if he said black people were murderers, rapists and drug-dealers, would you still pitch skits with Donald Trump in some lighthearted banter?”
“I just want to say one last thing to [Canada-born] producer Lorne Michaels,” Gutierrez concluded. “I wonder, if he had said Canadians were rapists, murderers and drug dealers, would you be inviting him” to host the show.
We’ve reached out to NBC for comment.