I don’t know how to adequately express the literal frustration I’m feeling over this Saturday Night Live joke.
This joke, just past the 11-minute mark in Saturday Night Live video of Thursday, September 17th:
Caster Semenya, the Champion South African runner whose gender has been called into question, withdrew from a cross-country race this past weekend, citing an unspecified injury. No word on what the injury is, though it’s rumored she suffering from an enlarged penis.
The writers of Saturday Night Live apparently hadn’t read the news of September 14th — where Caster Semenya is reported to be on a suicide watch. They apparently hadn’t heard where South African lawmaker Butana Komphela, chair of South Africa’s sports committee, was quoted as saying of Caster Semenya:
She is like a raped person. She is afraid of herself and does not want anyone near her. If she commits suicide, it will be on all our heads.
The news of Caster Semenya’s suicide watch was out three days before this tasteless Saturday Night Live joke was aired — a suicide watch based on Caster’s reaction to the brutal way and inhuman way media has been questioning her sex and gender.
Let me be blunt: If Caster Semenya commits suicide, the comedy writers of Saturday Night Live and have it on their heads too. After she was put on a suicide watch, Saturday Night Live continued the horrid media behavior towards Caster Semenya — media behavior which lawmaker Butana Komphela indicating was like “rape” to Caster.
Not funny, SNL. Not funny at all.
The Organisation Intersex International (OII) has set up a page where you can leave messages of support of Caster Semenya:
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