Did the ‘SNL’ Audience Like Pete Davidson’s R. Kelly Joke?

Pete Davidson made quite an impression during Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update with his joke comparing R. Kelly to supporting the Catholic Church.

SNL started with a parody of the R. Kelly and Gayle King interview with Leslie Jones as King and Kenan Thompson hilariously playing Kelly. The sketch was well received as Thompson hit a home run with his take on Kelly’s constant confusion and bizarre misunderstandings during the interview. He even announced ‘Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” initially to a houseplant believing it was a camera.

Pete Davidson, Colin Jost |Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

While the audience laughed along with the cold open, they had a different tone toward Davidson’s controversial jokes during Weekend Update. Did Davidson eventually get the audience to laugh?

Davidson was there to discuss the controversy surrounding R. Kelly and Michael Jackson

Davidson launched into his discussion explaining how terrible R. Kelly is and that he should go to jail forever. “But if you support the Catholic church,” Davidson begins. “Isn’t that the same thing as being an R. Kelly fan?

Jost’s eyes scanned the crowd as people shouted boos and groans. A few laughs are heard but mainly the audience seems pretty displeased. Davidson laughs, “I don’t really see the difference. Only one’s music is significantly better.” Ok, there’s the laughter from the audience.

Davidson continues by saying his mom told him she was going to mass. So he said, “OK, I’m going to go listen to the Ignition remix.” This produces big laughs from the audience.

Davidson dives in deeper

He adds that everyone is upset about people like Kelly and Michael Jackson because they made great music. “If I found out Macklemore did some weird stuff I’d be happy to free up space on my iPhone.” Davidson says, “People ask, ‘how can you listen to that music after what he did?'” He laughs, “Headphones?” More laughs.

Davidson says while it may be difficult to stop listening to some music, it is better to admit what they did first. “You can buy a Mustang, but say, ‘Henry Ford hated the Jews,’ as you buckle in. The full sentence should be ‘Mark Walberg beat up an old Asian dude but I’d like one ticket to Daddy’s Home 3 please.'”

This is when he really brings it home

Davidson continues by saying he won’t mind if he ever sees a Kevin Spacey movie again. “But if the CEO of Swisher Sweets turns out to be a canibal, I can’t just change my whole life!”

He offers a plan: to donate $1 to charity every time you listen to a song or watch a movie by an accused serial predator. “I’ve already donated $142 and that’s just from the Ignition remix alone.”

When Jost asks Davidson if there is anything else he’d like to address. He really scores big with this joke. Davidson says that people have a strange fascination with his age difference to new girlfriend Kate Beckinsale. He adds he’s new to this. But people who have questions about people with big age differences should ask Leonardo DiCaprio, Jason Statham, Michael Douglas, Richard Gere, Larry King, Larry King, Larry King…the list seems endless. Meanwhile, the crowd is shouting approval and laughing. Mic drop.

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