Michael Che has wiped his Instagram clean after sparking backlash for posting cruel jokes about gymnast Simone Biles, who withdrew from the team and all-around finals at the Tokyo Olympics this week for mental health reasons. The Saturday Night Live personality's name was trending on Twitter after screenshots of his Instagram Story from Thursday went viral.
In a string of Stories that have since been deleted, Che wrote about wanting to make jokes at Biles' expense, even writing that he was going to perform them Thursday night. He then shared jokes submitted by his followers with ratings of said jokes. His first Story read, "Man, I wanna make fun of Simone Biles." He continued, "I got like 3 mins of Simone Biles jokes in my head. Im going to the cellar tonight to say them into a microphone. As the dorky kids say I'm choosing violence."
Michael Che come on bro smh pic.twitter.com/vi1Zz07yu0— BallerAlert (@balleralert) July 29, 2021
He then reposted a number of responses, one of which included a joke about Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics doctor convicted of sexually abusing hundreds of girls and women, including Biles. Che rated the insensitive joke 9/10 before rating a racist joke about Biles as 8/10.
Later, Che claimed that his account was hacked, indirectly denying having posted those jokes. "Mannnnn, i got hacked today. Can't believe they got me," he wrote in the same style and font as the earlier posts. "Yall know i only do jokes about whites and cops. S'all good now i changed my password and everything." He appeared to change the subject, bringing up rapper DaBaby's recent homophobic comments. "Y'all hear about dababy tho..? that's crazy. iight see yall at church. Imma get there early."
Needless to say, Che's posts did not go over well on Twitter, where he is getting reamed. Continue reading to see social media's reaction to his posts.
Fuck Michael Che. He was mad corny anyway.— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) July 30, 2021
"between michael che just *needing* to crack a rape joke and the activision/blizzard 'cosby room', rape culture is very alive and well," one Twitter user wrote.prevnext
Michael Che sharing that rape joke about Simon Biles reminds me of this:July 30, 2021
Michael Che been tryna jump immediately into his “edgy Dave Chappelle” phase without spending all the time Dave did actually being funny.— Pro Poverty P (@DrunkUncleP) July 30, 2021
"Michael Che using Simone Biles' trauma as a punchline when she's one of the gymnasts who was sexually abused by Larry Nassar is the most repulsive attempt at humor by any mainstream comedian," someone else said.
"michael che? being a f—ing loser? i am so shocked and appalled," one person quipped.prevnext
So is SNL gonna do something about Michael Che or what? I don't think this is something that can just be ignored. This is disturbing and wrong.— Vivi (@vivi_in_italia) July 30, 2021
"Yes [Saturday Night Live] is on hiatus, but doesn't Michael Che have an @HBO deal too? It'd be a great time to act on all the big talk of listening to Black women, and drop that talent-free wastrel who constantly maligns us. We have receipts for years but this latest stunt is inexcusable," someone else said.prevnext
I’ll be shocked if something happens to Michael Che. Theres no consequence for hurting black women it seems— SugarLover (@coldestwinters) July 30, 2021
How nice for Michael Che never to have been denied the sanctity of his own body because of his gender.
How nice for him not to be judged and gaslit repeatedly because it is routine to treat an entire gender and their experiences with disregard and contempt.
How lovely for him.— A Shady Dame From Seville (@SorayaMcDonald) July 30, 2021
"Michael Che comes for people he thinks he can get away with dunking on. Trans women, Black women, sexual assault survivors. Judging by his flimsy 'I got hacked' defense, it seems he had no idea how beloved Simone Biles is, or just how messed up it is to share a Larry Nasser joke," one user wrote.prevnext
Not Michael Che using the same IG font as his “hacker” 💀💀🤧🤧 pic.twitter.com/k1LSySumd5— MeganTheeStallion’sPatella (@KirkWrites79) July 30, 2021
"Michael Che is trash and him deleting everything and claiming he was hacked is such a cowardly move," one user wrote.
Michael Che catching the person that hacked his Instagram account: pic.twitter.com/hHyw2zB0PN— Slagatha Snarkness (@RogueRunnerPGH) July 30, 2021