For Immediate Release
Civil Rights Group Calls for NBC and SNL to cancel Donald Trump’s November 7th appearance on Saturday Night Live
WASHINGTON - More than 30,000 ColorOfChange members have joined the call demanding NBC cancel Donald Trump’s November 7th appearance on Saturday Night Live.
Rashad Robinson, Executive Director of ColorOfChange.org issued the following statement:
“This week, Saturday Night Live will provide yet another platform for Donald Trump’s dangerous racism and xenophobia by allowing him to host their November 7th episode. As one of the most popular late-night sketch comedy shows of all time, SNL has a wide influence on pop culture. By selecting Donald Trump as a host, they legitimize Trump’s unapologetic racism and fear-mongering and make the real-world violence he incites against people of color a laughing matter.
There’s mounting evidence that Donald Trump’s racist demagoguery is resulting in real-world violence, including physical and verbal intimidation, against people of color. Two weeks ago, at a rally in Virginia, when pro-immigration activists tried to interrupt Trump, his supporters physically attacked them." Just this past weekend a white nationalist convening called Trump an “icebreaker” for the white nationalist cause - someone who is introducing and legitimizing the racist views of white nationalists to the mainstream public.
NBC and SNL have an opportunity to step up and do the right thing. Canceling Trump’s appearance will deny their platform to someone who will not only embarrass them today them but whose statements and world view will be something we look back on with shame.”
1. “Donald Trump Rally Turns Violent As Supporters Clash With Anti-Racism Activists” Huffington Post 10-15-2015 http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/10/15/donald-trump-rally-turns-violent_n_8302844.html
2. “Inside the White Supremacists’ Halloween Bash” The Daily Beast 11-2-2015 http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/11/02/inside-the-white-supremacists-halloween-bash.html
With more than 850,000 members, ColorOfChange.org is the nation’s largest online civil rights organization.