‘SNL’ Star Michael Che Catching Heat for Promoting New Show Amid Simone Biles Comments Backlash

by Emily Morgan

After getting backlash for jokes Michael Che made about Simone Biles, he returned to Instagram to promote a live show. Now, the veteran “SNL” cast member is getting heat over the promotion.

The 38-year-old comedian and co-head writer of the show came under fire after he shared posts to his Instagram account on Saturday. In one of the posts, one read, “man, I want to make fun of simone biles.”

That post was followed up by another post that said, “I got like 3 mins of simone biles jokes in my head. I’m going to the cellar tonight to say them into a microphone. as the dorky kids say, I’m choosing violence.”

While Michael Che did not appear at the club he referenced this week, his new post from Saturday makes us believe he plans to make an appearance at The Stand, another stand-up comedy venue in New York City. According to the venue’s website, Michael Che is scheduled to appear at The Stand for an 11:59 p.m. show.

“tonight @thestandnyc link in bio,” he wrote in the caption along with a screenshot of the venue’s website. “and guys, no wise apples, ok? if you’re a trouble maker or a jokester, don’t come!”

After just a few minutes, tickets for the event appeared to have sold out. Earlier in the week, Che re-posted additional jokes on his Instagram account, including one that referred to Larry Nassar. Nassar was the former USA Gymnastics doctor accused of sexually assaulting hundreds of girls and women, including Simone Biles.

Michael Che Slammed for Simone Biles Jokes, Claims He Was ‘Hacked’

After re-posting, Michael Che then claimed that his account was hacked, saying, “maaannnn, i got hacked today. can’t believe they got me. yall know i only do jokes about whites and cops. s’all good now, I changed my password and everything .. anyway yall hear about dababy tho.. ? That’s crazy .. iight. see yall at church. imma get there early.”

Che also seemed to reference the rapper known as DaBaby. He recently faced widespread criticism earlier this week for homophobic comments about individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

As of now, it’s unclear if Che’s “hacked” post was a solid defense or a joke. Either way, reactions to Che’s posts were swift and unforgiving.

“Larry Nassar sexually assaulted over 300 gymnasts including Simone Biles. Jokes about this immense violence are never okay,” tweeted gender justice advocate Farrah Kahn.

For the most part, 24-year-old Simone Biles has recently received an outpouring of overwhelming support and love after she pulled out of the team final and then decided not to compete in the women’s all-around gymnastics final to focus on her mental health. Biles has also been widely applauded for her bravery in speaking out about mental health in sports.