John Leguizamo Won't Watch 'SNL' Because of Donald Trump's "Hate-Mongering"
"If he had said those things about any other ethnic group, he would not be on 'SNL.'"
If Donald Trump hosts Saturday Night Live, John Leguizamo won't be watching the show this weekend — or ever again.
The Colombia-born actor noted his stance on NBC's move to spotlight the controversial Republican presidential candidate in a chat with Yahoo on Wednesday while discussing his new book, Ghetto Klown.
"If he had said those things about any other ethnic group, he would not be on SNL," Leguizamo said. "I find it hurtful and insulting, and you’re celebrating someone who has said some horrible things. I just find it unacceptable. I will not watch."
Regarding Trump's derogatory comments about Latinos — in his presidential campaign announcement speech on June 16, he said of Mexican immigrants: "They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people." — Leguizamo said, "I'm all for freedom of speech, this is different. … It is hate-mongering. I hope what I do in my work is not denigrating or belittling.
"His lack of sympathy and empathy is ridiculous," the actor added, noting he has met Trump multiple times around New York City. "He's very friendly, very nice, but then he goes and says things like that. You're catering to a small group of Tea Party voters, or you're a moron. … He's a different person on camera."
"And his wife's an immigrant!" he laughed. "Maybe he's doing it to get rid of his wife!"
Leguizamo also commented on another GOP candidate, Senator Marco Rubio: "[Rubio] is on the wrong side unfortunately. Latin people for Republicans are like roaches for Raid."
Leguizamo's vow against Trump and SNL was made the same day almost 70 prominent Hispanic leaders, artists and intellectuals, including Oscar-winning director Alejandro G. Inarritu, condemned Trump and his campaign for president through an open letter. That also happened to be the same day multiple advocacy groups united at 30 Rockefeller Center to protest Trump's SNL gig.
Additionally, a petition started by Latino and immigration advocacy groups — which has more than 145,000 signatures — demands NBC and SNL drop Trump from hosting the popular sketch show this week. The groups argue Trump should not be given an additional, wide-reaching platform to share any of his views.
Trump said SNL would never drop him, and he called the groups cheering for his ouster "scammers."
Watch clips from the interview below.