Larry David has never been one to shy away from controversial topics, or push the boundaries of accepted taste -- just watch any episode of "Seinfeld" for confirmation of that. But the veteran writer and comedian found himself in hot water after his opening monologue as host of "Saturday Night Live" this weekend for making jokes about the Jewish connection to the Hollywood harassment scandal and the challenges of dating in a World War II Jewish concentration camp.
First, David touched on the recent scandals, pointing out very hesitantly, "I couldn't help but notice a very disturbing pattern emerging, which is that many of the predators ... are Jews."
He used this topic to segue into World War II Poland, where he imagined the challenges of trying to pick up women in a concentration camp. "The problem is there are no good opening lines in a concentration camp," he mused. "How's it going? They treating you okay?"
The monologue received laughs from the studio audience, but there was a much more heated response online, with people falling passionately on either side of the debate, including Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, who wrote that David "managed to be offensive, insensitive & unfunny all at same time."
Following are some of those reactions:
Watched #LarryDavid #SNL monologue this AM. He managed to be offensive, insensitive & unfunny all at same time. Quite a feat.
Recurring guest star Alec Baldwin also came under some fire for a Weinstein joke he made during the show's cold open as President Trump, when he said, "[Weinstein] could have gotten away with all of it if only he'd gotten himself elected president."
The comedian was already enmeshed in a Twitter battle over earlier comments he'd made about the Weinstein scandal that resulted in him quitting the social media platform.