Pete Davidson Compares R. Kelly to Catholic Church on Saturday Night LiveThe comedian also addressed his new tabloid romance with Kate Beckinsale during Weekend Update.by
MARCH 10, 2019 12:17 PM
Pete Davidson ranks among the Saturday Night Live stars prized more for hot-takes than sketches. The young comedian (and Ariana Grandeex) dropped by the latest Weekend Update to share his thoughts on the difficulty of enjoying R. Kelly and other “canceled” artists, as well as his latest offscreen romance.
Davidson opened his appearance on the Idris Elba-fronted episode with a caveat on R. Kelly—whose interview with Gayle King was also parodied in the cold open. “Before I continue, this guy is a monster, and he should go to jail forever,” Davidson opined, before taking a controversial turn. “But . . . if you support the Catholic church, isn’t that the same thing as being an R. Kelly fan? I don’t really see the difference—only, like, one’s music is significantly better.”
Once the audience seemed to waver, Davidson clarified his point on discredited artists. “I’m not saying it’s an easy decision, I’m just saying you don’t know how good someone’s music really is until you find out they’re a pedophile,” he continued. “And the reason everybody’s so upset is because R. Kelly and Michael Jackson made great music. If I found out Macklemore did some weird stuff, I’d be happy to free up the space on my iPhone.”