ADL Statement Regarding Recent Joke Made on SNL's "Weekend Update"

New York, NY, February 22, 2021 ... ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) CEO Jonathan Greenblatt issued the following statement regarding a recent joke made on Saturday Night Live's "Weekend Update" about Israel's COVID-19 vaccination program:

Saturday Night Live's 'Weekend Update' is known for sharp criticism and public takedowns, but Saturday's deeply offensive joke about Israel's COVID-19 vaccination process not only missed the mark, but crossed the line -- basing the premise of the joke on factual inaccuracies and playing into an antisemitic trope in the process. Unfortunately, ADL has tracked multiple 'Weekend Update' jokes this season that inappropriately use Jews as the punchline. I know they can do better. In that spirt, I reached out to Lorne Michaels over the weekend urging Saturday Night Live to take action both to repair the damage that's been done and ensure that this does not happen again.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of antisemitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.