‘SNL’ Star Jokes During Sketch That Miss Israel Won Miss Hitler Contest

May 13, 2020
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 17: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been digitally enhanced) Michael Che arrives at the 70th Emmy Awards on September 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) star Michael Che joked during a May 9 edition of the show that Miss Israel had the Miss Hitler contest.

Che is a co-anchor on SNL’s “Weekend Update,” a parody news program. The Jerusalem Post reported that Che mentioned during May 9’s “Weekend Update” that GoDaddy had removed the Miss Hitler beauty pageant from its platform, where contestants enter photos of themselves honoring Adolf Hitler.

“Coincidentally, ‘Miss Hitler Beauty Pageant’ was also the working title for ‘The Ingraham Angle,’ ” Che said, referencing Laura Ingraham’s Fox News program.

He added, “If you’re wondering who the winner of the Miss Hitler pageant was: Miss Israel.”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center tweeted, “Pathetic, snarky and by the way not at all funny @nbcsnl.”

Sarah Idan, who was Miss Iraq in 2017, similarly tweeted, “Was there a joke? I didn’t get it. And I come from beauty contests background.”


NBC declined to provide an on-the-record comment to the Journal on the matter.

GoDaddy removed the pageant from its platform on May 7 after the Anti-Defamation Commission had urged it to do so on May 3.

“We thank the company for listening to our concerns and for declaring that anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers will never find a safe haven within the GoDaddy home,” the Anti-Defamation Commission said in a statement. “Allowing this site to remain would have crossed many red lines and would have sent the message that it is open season on the Jewish community.”

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