Should SNL have rescinded its invite to Donald Trump to host the show given his hateful comments toward Mexicans and Latinos?

Pamela Kask ‘18: “Yes, I think they should have rescinded their invitation because since he hasn’t even apologized for his racist comments, I don’t think that having a person like that on the show will help the show’s reputation in any way. I don’t particularly watch ‘Saturday Night Live,’ but if I did I would stop watching if they had someone like that hosting just because I don’t like how it represents the show.”

Judson Scruton, adjunct professor of English: “Well, I certainly have some strong opinions about Donald Trump. The reason he’s so popular is because he shoots his mouth off whenever he wants to and is not politically correct. Whether you should use that as a club against him to keep him from speaking in certain places — that’s just a little more complicated. I have trouble with presidential candidates being on those kind of shows anyway. It’s not the proper forum for them. I think it’s all part of the celebrity culture that he’s so much a part of. They’re all entertainment and none of that is really relevant to governing the country. So whether or not he appears on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ I don’t think is the question. The whole thing is he’s a reality show star and ‘Saturday Night Live’ is kind of part of the celebrity culture. That is primarily his ‘qualification’ and the fact that he’s made a lot of money, and those aren’t any kind of qualifications. It’s more indicative of the problem of the celebrity culture than it is of his specific statements about Mexicans and whether that should rule out his appearing on ‘Saturday Night Live.’”

Ben Bayers ‘17: “I don’t think it’s appropriate at all [for him to host]. Honestly, I don’t think he should be running for president in the first place because he’s so inappropriate and just not cordial. He’s a horrible politician; he’s a businessman, maybe, but I don’t care how much money you have. It doesn’t matter. He’s not worthy to be president or host SNL.”

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