Comedian Michael Che -- new "Weekend Update" anchor and former "Daily Show" correspondent -- is under fire for posting a clueless joke about street harassment to social media. Che was responding to the viral street harassment PSA released by actress Shoshana B. Roberts and Rob Bliss.
Clearly comedy is often used as a method to explore topical and uncomfortable subjects -- to both confront and understand them -- but this joke reveals that Che doesn't quite understand what is so problematic about street harassment: Men feeling entitled to direct their unsolicited thoughts at women -- often but not limited to comments on their appearance or asking them to smile. Needless to say, this is very different from Che being recognized as a celebrity/public figure and being asked to take a photo.
Che later tweeted that many misunderstood his joke.
Shortly after he posted this non-apology-apology:
I wonder what his former "Daily Show" cast-member Jessica Williams would think? Earlier this month she starred in the segment "Jessica's Feminized Atmosphere" that lambasted the practice of catcalling.