US comedian Amy Schumer dropped Kanye West’s name into a sentence referring to Nazis over the weekend while hosting a pre-election episode of “Saturday Night Live.”
Hosting the popular sketch show for the first time since 2018, Schumer, who is Jewish, mocked West over his recent antisemitic outbursts.
Sharing personal details about her life during her opening monologue, the comedian talked about her husband, Chris Fischer, being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
“It used to be called Asperger’s, but then they found out, this is true, that Dr. Asperger had Nazi ties, Kanye,” she said while jokingly adding, “That was weird.”
Addressing the upcoming midterm elections in the US, Schumer said she was “honored” to host the last episode before the “midterm abortions,” quickly correcting herself: “Elections! What did I say? Sorry, I was thinking about what’s at stake if we don’t vote.”
West, who now goes by Ye, has been embroiled in controversy since posting a series of tweets last month that included a threat to “Go death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE,” using a misspelled reference to US military readiness.
The scandal has since led big companies, including Adidas and Gap, to sever relationships with him over hate speech.
NBC News reported that long before the recent scandal, West had paid a settlement to a former employee over his use of antisemitic and Nazi rhetoric.
In the previously unreported 2018 settlement, the anonymous former employee alleged that West had praised Hitler and Nazis in business meetings. West denied the claims in the settlement, but NBC spoke to six former business associates of his who confirmed that he had a history of praising Hitler and uttering antisemitic conspiracy theories.
“With this pattern that’s happening and with the doubling and tripling down of all this, it’s pretty obvious that this is some kind of disgusting, hate-filled, strange Nazi obsession,” Ryder Ripps, a Jewish artist who worked with West for years and said he witnessed multiple instances of his Nazi obsession, told NBC.
The Jewish Telegraphic Agency contributed to this report.