Timothee Chalamet receives criticism following his Saturday Night Live skit, with viewers condemning his joke about Hamas as “disgusting.”
The Wonka star took on the hosting duties for SNL, treating the audience to a musical rendition of ‘Pure Imagination.’ During the performance, he humorously commented on actors embracing “shameless self-promotion” post the SAG-AFTRA strike.
In addition to promoting his upcoming film as the chocolate maker, Chalamet playfully poked fun at Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon and teased Dune: Part Two. Notably, he even included a humorous reference to artificial intelligence in his performance.
However, one of the Timothee Chalamet SNL skit has sparked controversy. In a comedy sketch with Please Don’t Destroy, Chalamet portrayed a character expressing a desire for suicide by jumping off a building. The group tried to dissuade him by asking about things he cares about, to which Chalamet’s character mentioned his music.
Despite the less-than-stellar tunes, they agreed to share his music to encourage him to reconsider. When asked for his Instagram username, Chalamet’s character said, “It’s Hamas, H-a-m-a-s.” Martin Herlihy responded, “I’m not sharing a song by Hamas on Instagram.” The joke has sparked controversy as some are upset that SNL used the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict as a source of humor.
SNL and Chalamet haven’t officially respond to the backlash.