Saturday Night Live star Michael Che had a brush with the cancel mob after he appeared to post and then delete jokes about U.S. Olympic gymnast Simone Biles.
Michael Che cleared his Instagram account after he allegedly encouraged followers to submit jokes about Biles, which prompted an online backlash against the comedian. Che reportedly claimed his account was hacked, but appears to have deleted that post as well.
The only post currently on his Instagram account reads “Somebody just threw doodoo at me!”
The SNL star reportedly targeted Simone Biles in a series of Instagram posts, saying he was cooking up jokes about the gymnast. “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, im choosing violence,” he said, according to multiple reports.
Che doens’t appear to have shared those jokes. Instead, he apparently invited his followers to submit their own jokes about Biles via private message. He then reportedly displayed the jokes on his Instagram story, rating each joke on a gymnastics scale of 1 to 10.
Some of his Instagram posts and Instagram story posts appeared to have been screen-captured and posted to Twitter.
Michael Che come on bro smh pic.twitter.com/vi1Zz07yu0
— BallerAlert (@balleralert) July 29, 2021
Among the jokes posted was a dig at disgraced Team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nasser and another that mocks the phrase “black don’t crack.”
The jokes prompted a negative online backlash, with some people calling the jokes “depraved,” “despicable,” and “disgusting.” Some also called for his firing.
— Farrah Khan (@farrahsafiakhan) July 30, 2021
Done watching SNL until you take care of this.
— Kim (@KimPinkert) July 30, 2021
Che reportedly claimed someone hacked his account, but then deleted that claim.
“Maaannnn, i got hacked today. cant believe they got me. yall know i only do jokes about whites and cops,” the deleted post said. “s’all good now, i changed my password and everything…”