The protests over NBC’s decision to have Donald Trump host Saturday Night Live (SNL) tomorrow night are getting really serious. How serious? On Wednesday, the National Council of La Raza, the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the country, delivered more than half a million signatures to NBC urging them to #DumpTrump because #RacismIsntFunny.
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Donald Trump has drawn criticism from several advocacy groups including environmental organizations, women’s groups and Latino civil rights groups over his views on climate change, comments on women and stance on immigration. He’s made so many outrageous claims about climate change, even going so far as to say that “the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” But many of the protesters are honing in on Trump’s remarks this summer, in which he called Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals.
“I find it hurtful and insulting, and you’re celebrating someone who has said some horrible things,” actor John Leguizamo told Yahoo in an interview, of NBC’s decision to have Trump host SNL. “I find it unacceptable … I won’t watch ‘SNL’ anymore.”
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There have already been snags before the big night. On Wednesday, NBC accidentally posted three promo clips on YouTube, which were “not for air.” The clips were quickly pulled, but not before people captured Vines of them. In one, Trump calls Ben Carson a “complete and total loser.”
The decision to have Trump host SNL is an about-face for NBC since they cut ties with Trump this summer over his “derogatory” remarks about immigrants. The company said they would “no longer carry the Trump-produced Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants,” according to Variety. “Nor will he return to the long-running reality show ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ as host, a role Trump already said he would give up because of his presidential bid.”
So why the change of heart? “The reason they put me there is one very simple reason, it’s called ratings,” Donald Trump said in an interview with Savannah Guthrie on the Today Show. “I get good ratings. If I didn’t get ratings, they wouldn’t put me there.”
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Several people have defended SNL’s decision, citing the fact that Hillary Clinton made a guest appearance on the show just a few weeks ago. But MarketWatch points out that as a guest, Clinton only clocked three minutes and 12 seconds of air time, whereas Trump will likely have much more time as a host. Clinton’s appearance, in which she talked Keystone XL and Donald Trump, gave the show its highest ratings since January. SNL also did a skit of the Democratic debate, featuring Larry David doing a spot-on impersonation of Bernie Sanders, that was wildly popular.
When asked by Jimmy Kimmel on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live if she plans to watch Trump on SNL, Clinton said: “That I might do, because I think he watched me.”
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