The Diocese of Brooklyn demanded a public apology from “Saturday Night Live” after a joke compared the Catholic church’s decades-long sex abuse scandal to singer R. Kelly’s.
Pete Davidson made the comparison during Saturday’s edition of “Weekend Update.”
“Before I continue, this guy is a monster and he should go to jail forever,” Davidson said. “But if you support the Catholic church, isn’t that like the same thing as being an R. Kelly fan? I don’t really see the difference, except for one’s music is significantly better.”
"Look, I'm not saying it's an easy decision, I'm just saying, you don't know how good someone's music is until you find out they're a pedophile,” he continued. "And the reason everyone's so upset is because R. Kelly and Michael Jackson made great music. If I found out Macklemore did some weird stuff, I'd be happy to free up the space on my iPhone."
Church accuses SNL of “bias”:
The Diocese of Brooklyn called the quip “disgraceful and offensive” and complained about “bias” against the Catholic church, which has paid out billions of dollars to thousands of sex abuse victims.
“Apparently, the only acceptable bias these days is against the Catholic Church,” the statement said. “The faithful of our Church are disgusted by the harassment by those in news and entertainment, and this sketch offends millions. The mockery of this difficult time in the Church’s history serves no purpose.”
“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.”