Brooklyn Diocese SNL, “same thing” as being a fan of R. Kelly.
The Diocese of Brooklyn is demanding an apology from “Saturday Night Live” and NBC after cast member Pete Davidson said Saturday that supporting the Catholic Church is the “same thing” as being a fan of R. Kelly, who is charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse.
The diocese said in a statement on Monday that “apparently, the only acceptable bias these days is against the Catholic Church.”
“The faithful of our Church are disgusted by the harassment by those in news and entertainment, and this sketch offends millions,” the diocese continued. “The mockery of this difficult time in the Church’s history serves no purpose.”
“It is likely that no other institution has done more than the Catholic Church to combat and prevent sexual abuse,” the diocese added. “The insensitivity of the writers, producers, and the cast of SNL around this painful subject is alarming.”
The diocese’s statement came in response to remarks Davidson made comparing the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandals to those alleged of R. Kelly’s during SNL’s “Weekend Update” segment over the weekend.
“Before I continue, this guy is a monster and he should go to jail forever,” Davidson said during the segment on Saturday night.
“But if you support the Catholic Church isn’t that like the same thing as being an R. Kelly fan?” he asked.
“I don’t really see the difference, except for one’s music is significantly better,” the comedian added.
Last month, R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse. Three of the women who brought allegations against him were under the age of 17 at the time of the alleged incidents.
He was released from jail on Saturday for a second time after someone covered the 52-year-old singer’s back child support expenses.
The Catholic Church has been entangled in child sexual abuse scandals for decades. Last month, the Brooklyn Diocese released the names of more than 100 clergy who were accused of sexually abusing minors.