In a Weekend Update segment with Colin Jost Davidson said “If you support the Catholic Church isn’t that the same thing as being an R. Kelly fan? I don’t really see the difference only like one’s music is significantly better.” In response the SNL crowd gasped as if Davidson had said something naughty instead of just factually true.
Now, in a statement on its website responding to the segment, the Diocese of Brooklyn is demanding “an immediate public apology from “Saturday Night Live” and NBC” for what it called a “disgraceful and offensive skit” before calling out cast member Pete Davidson by name for comparing the Church’s crimes to those alleged against R. Kelly.
Here are the most warped parts of the Church’s statement:
First they make the dishonest claim that making jokes at the Church’s expense is the same thing as making jokes at the expense of the sexual assault victims abused by the Church’s clergy.
“The clergy sex abuse crisis is shameful, and no one should ever get a laugh at the expense of the victims who have suffered irreparably. The Diocese of Brooklyn strives every day to ensure that sexual abuse by clergy never happens again.”
The statement’s final paragraph, however, takes the cake. They are arguing that finally addressing its centuries of sexual abuse makes the Catholic Church the greatest preventer of sexual abuse in the world.
“It is likely that no other institution has done more than the Catholic Church to combat and prevent sexual abuse. The insensitivity of the writers, producers, and the cast of SNL around this painful subject is alarming.”
Wrap your head around that one.
the catholic church demanding an apology from a comedian for a joke about how they systematically rape kids is pretty wild https://t.co/4XySL9wfCJ— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) March 11, 2019
Pete Davidson no more owes the Catholic Church an apology than Thor owes Thanos one for the ax to the chest.— Meredith Hagan (@terraphim) March 12, 2019
I saw it live, and can't imagine an apology is going to be forthcoming. Sadly, the Catholic church is in no position to claim any high ground in sight on this subject.— Tim W (@TimW1949) March 12, 2019
Oh really? The Catholic church finds Pete Davidson's jokes about the church's sexual abuse of children alarming and wants an apology? I find the actual abuse and the cover-up of it much more alarming.https://t.co/JQX9vlXpAs— Very Stable Genius (@GIowing0rb) March 12, 2019
The Catholic Church owes us all an apology.— Dennis DiClaudio (@dennisdiclaudio) March 12, 2019
You can watch the full SNL sketch in question here.