Michael Che called Boston “the most racist city” he’s visited, and he’s sticking by that comment. But he also wants Bostonians to know that he has no hard feelings against them.
In an Instagram post on Saturday, the “Saturday Night Live” star responded to the recent media attention he received thanks to a joke he made about the American city in February.
“Listen Boston, my grandma is racist too, but I still love her. & I still love you,” Che wrote on the photo-sharing app alongside a screenshot of a tweet from The Boston Globe.
For a little context, Che called Boston “the most racist city I’ve ever been to” during a “Weekend Update” segment that aired the night before Super Bowl LI. As Boston.com notes, the joke didn’t earn a lot of media coverage, but was reported on at the time by WEEI, a local radio station.
Last Thursday, Che brought up the comment again during a set at Boston University, saying he received some backlash over social media. But he didn’t apologize.
Instead, according to The Boston Globe, he told the crowd that he doesn’t apologize for his jokes or their subsequent controversies because he’s just “trying to be more presidential.”
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