When NBC's venerable sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live is criticized, it's usually because people think it's not as funny as it was in the 70s.
This time, however, things are considerably more serious.
On Nov. 7, Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to host SNL, but a growing number of people are calling on NBC to dump Trump. A moveon.org petition currently has 141,669 signatures and counting, spreading through Twitter attached to the hashtags #DumpTrump and #RacismIsntFunny.
In addition to Trump's derogatory public statements about Mexican immigrants (Google them if you must), the petition cites the hypocrisy of NBC tapping Trump to host a mere three months after severing ties with him.
@NBC must know #racismisntfunny, but apparently it's profitable, hence Trump on @nbcsnl. Even more despicable https://t.co/b45advbC3h
— Joe Sudbay (@JoeSudbay) October 22, 2015
Many celebrities have chimed in to support the movement:
Trump is a joke but racism isn't funny. Tell @NBC to #DumpTrump from SNL: http://t.co/ORZIXwBysl @moveon #racismisntfunny
— John Leguizamo (@JohnLeguizamo) October 17, 2015
How could #snl possibly think having #Trump as host be a good idea? #DumpTrump #racismisntfunny
— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) October 16, 2015
Luis Gutierrez, the member of Congress (D - Illinois, 4th District), spoke against Trump's appearance in the House of Representatives:
@realDonaldTrump crossed lines & should lose privileges to host TV shows @nbcSNL #RacismIsntFunny #SNLDumpTrump https://t.co/2UPBFetNxP
— Luis V. Gutierrez (@RepGutierrez) October 21, 2015
Reactions from Trump supporters were depressingly predictable:
@RepGutierrez @realDonaldTrump @nbcsnl A CONGRESSMAN THAT HASNT READ THE FIRST AMENDMENT EMBARRASSING MUST BE A DEMOCRAT FASCIST #Trump
— TRUPTAFARIAN (@Billright50) October 21, 2015
NBC has yet to comment on the furor, and opponents are planning to rally in New York City Nov. 4. For the time being, Trump is still set to host with musical guest Sia.
Jokes about hair are guaranteed.