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In response to the sexual abuse scandal plaguing Hollywood — in which several of the town’s biggest names including Harvey Weinstein, Dustin Hoffman, Brett Ratner and Kevin Spacey have been accused of sexual harassment and, in some cases, assault and rape — David joked in his opening monologue, “A lot of sexual harassment stuff in the news, and I couldn’t help but notice a very disturbing pattern emerging, which is that many of the predators, not all, but many of them are Jews.”
He continued, “I don’t like when Jews are in the headlines for notorious reasons. I want ‘Einstein Discovers the Theory of Relativity,’ ‘Salk Cures Polio.’ What I don’t want? ‘Weinstein Took It Out.’
“I know I consistently strive to be a good Jewish representative,” David added, before saying that he sometimes wonders if, had he been alive during Hitler’s time, he would have been compelled to date women while in a concentration camp. He then imagined how such a scene would play out.
“The problem is there are no good opening lines in a concentration camp. ‘How’s it going?’ ‘They treating you OK?’ ‘If we ever get out of here, I’d love to take you out for some latkes,'” David quipped.
Several viewers took issue with his jokes. One tweeted, “Just when you thought Larry David’s #SNL monologue couldn’t get worse, he joked about seducing women in concentration camps. Wow. #HeBombed.”
Someone else wrote, “Larry David bombing in opening monologue. Who the hell at SNL thought this was going to be funny.”
Still another said, “Larry David is making jokes about Hitler and harassment of women! God this is awful and awkward!”
The Seinfeld co-creator and creator-star of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm also talked about his dating life during the bit. “I used to keep a condom in my wallet; now I just have a little booklet listing which fish had the highest mercury content. Really cool guy, you wanna seal the deal, whip out that booklet at dinner,” he joked.
David previously wrote for SNL. He also famously impersonated Sen. Bernie Sanders during then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s controversial hosting gig in November 2015 (where he also heckled Trump from the audience during his opening monologue), and Sanders himself made a cameo during David’s first hosting gig in February of last year.
Watch the monologue below.
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