Michael Che Wipes Instagram Account After Backlash to Simone Biles Jokes
Saturday Night Live writer and comedian Michael Che deleted all posts from his Instagram account Thursday night after receiving backlash for posting jokes about Olympic gymnast Simone Biles.
Biles, a four-time gold medalist, was slated to lead the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 but withdrew from the gym team final and individual finals over concerns about her mental well-being. Her decision sparked a flurry of support from athletes and Hollywood as they vocalized and prioritized her mental health.
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On Thursday, Che posted in his since-deleted Instagram story “Man, I want to make fun of Simone Galles”, followed by “I have about 3 minutes of Simone Galles jokes in my head. I'm going down to the basement tonight to say it into a microphone. as the idiotic children say, I choose violence. "
Che then shared two jokes from Instagram users with his story and rated the jokes out of 10, which can be seen in the screenshot of a Twitter account below. “Larry Nassar understands Simone Biles better than anyone. He too had to stop doing what he loved at the height of his career because of the increasing pressure, ”wrote one follower. To whom Che wrote: “Damn it, that's gross. absolutely tasteless. 9/10. "
Another Instagram user wrote to Che: “Who said black doesn't crack?” And Che replied, “Now that's a good joke. economically. referential. balanced. Well done. 8/10. "
He later claimed on his Instagram story that his account was hacked.
“Maaannnn, I was hacked today. I can't believe they got me. You know, I only joke about whites and cops. Now everything is fine, I changed my password and everything..in any case, you will hear from Dababy. that's crazy..iight. see you in church. I'll be there early, ”he wrote, referring to the homophobic comments rapper DaBaby made at the Rolling Loud music festival last week.
Che is known for his controversial jokes on social media and as co-host of the Weekend Update on "SNL" alongside Colin Jost. He's used his Instagram account several times in the past to respond to critics and the Biles jokes are the latest to spark a backlash from fans and people in Hollywood.
A representative from Che did not immediately respond to Variety's request for comment.
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