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SNL's Michael Che Causes Controversy Over Viral Video

Margie Patton | PopWrapped Author

Margie Patton

10/30/2014 10:33 pm
PopWrapped | Celebrities
SNL's Michael Che Causes Controversy Over Viral Video | Michael Che
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Most people who have ever lived in a fairly sizable urban environment have encountered some form of unwanted attention from strangers. We've all had to deal with everything from aggressive panhandlers to random obnoxious drunks. For many women, however, street harassment isn't merely an annoyance. It's an insult, an intrusion, and a threat. A video recently released by the non-profit Hollaback! showcased the problem of street harassment with a shocking display of over one hundred comments, catcalls, and invasions of personal space. The actress walked the streets of New York City over a ten hour period. While many who have watched the video feel that it brings a serious issue to light, others have dismissed the severity of the interactions shown. Many feel the men calling-out comments such as, "Have a nice evening, darling", "Smile!" and "What's up, beautiful" are merely being friendly or appreciative. Saturday Night Live "Weekend Update" anchor Michael Che seems to be among those with the latter opinion. Che posted on Instagram:
i wanna apologize to all the women that ive harrassed with statements like "hi" or "have a nice day" or "youre beautiful". i cant imagine what that must feel like. the closest thing I've experienced is maybe when a girl recognizes me from tv and they say things like "AHHHH!! OH MY GOD!! SNL SNL SNL!! TAKE A PICTURE!! TAKE A PICTURE!! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!! WHATS YOUR NAME AGAIN?! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! WAIT SAY SOMETHING FUNNY!!" but even that is nothing like the harrassment of having a complete stranger tell me to "smile."
After users bombarded Che with criticism about the post, he later responded with:
i wanna apologize for my last apology. sometimes i forget that i belong to all of you now, and that any thought i have should be filtered through you, and receive ur approval. its tough, because im used to taking risks and finding humor in places of discomfort. but thats all over, cause i have a job on tv. and if i say the wrong thing youll see to it that its taken away. so the next time i have a silly thought, ill giggle to myself, keep my mouth shut, & post a picture with my arm around a more famous person i met somewhere.
So it seems that Che remains unrepentant and unchanged in his opinions. Maybe he should watch the video again. Perhaps he'll see what many others see: men repeatedly trying to force their presence onto a woman who wants to be left alone. What's your opinion on the street harassment video, PopWrappers? Let us know in the comments!

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