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Last weekend’s Saturday Night Live was quite an eventful one. As the first show of 2021, the episode was hosted by John Krasinski and featured musical guest Machine Gun Kelly who finally made his debut on the coveted NBC show.

Although there was a lot to celebrate, Saturday’s Weekend Update is receiving a lot of backlash. Both Saturday Night Live and comedian Michael Che are being accused of transphobia again.

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On Jan. 30, Saturday Night Live returned for its first episode of the year. Alongside host John Krasinski, Machine Gun Kelly performed two songs off of his latest album Tickets To My Downfall. As well, he bid farewell to his debut appearance on SNL by literally falling off the stage with BFF Pete Davidson.

Although that incident earned a lot of reactions from SNL viewers, another part of the episode is catching people’s attention for a not-so-good reason. During the Weekend Update, Michael Che delivered a joke many are calling transphobic.

The segment in question pertains to President Joe Biden‘s executive order repealing Donald Trump‘s ban on transgender people serving in the military.

“President Biden signed an executive order repealing Trump’s ban on transgender people from serving in the military,” Che said. “It’s good news, except Biden is calling the policy ‘don’t ask, don’t tuck.'”

The segment begins at 2:30.

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The Weekend Update segment has led to a slew of reactions online. Collectively, Saturday Night Live viewers are calling the joke hurtful and transphobic.

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Now, this isn’t the first time Saturday Night Live and Michael Che have been accused of transphobia. Back in 2019, Che was called out after misgendering Caitlyn Jenner during another Weekend Update segment. As well, in 2016, he also used a transphobic slur during his stand-up special Michael Che Matters.

Additionally, Che’s Weekend Update co-host Colin Jost was criticized for a transphobic joke in 2016. During the Weekend Update, Jost delivered an insensitive joke regarding Tinder‘s gender identity options.

“The dating app Tinder announced a new feature this week which gives users 37 different gender identity options,” Jost said. “It’s called, ‘Why Democrats lost the election.’”

Following Che’s joke on last weekend’s Saturday Night Live, many are asking why the comedian is still on the show.

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