Bill Burr marked his Saturday Night Live debut with a scattered and divisive opening monologue.
Opening with a bit on the right of anti-maskers to endanger the lives of their loved ones, the stand-up comedian made it clear he was out to raise brows from the get (“If you’re that dumb and you wanna kill your own family members then do it.”) The crowd didn’t exactly warm-up once he got to the retroactive glance of cancel culture, noting attempts recent attempts to go after John Wayne and other dead celebrities (“He was born in 1907, that’s what these people sounded like. You never talked to your grandparents and brought up the wrong subject?”)
It wasn’t all glaring misses, though. After some jeering from the audience, Burr quickly pivoted to his strongest suit; going after white people. Specifically white women, who the comedian charged with hijacking the woke movement by centering themselves in a discussion that was meant to address the historically margianalized. And he pulled no punches on that front. “Somehow, white women swung their Gucci-booted feet over the fence of oppression and stuck themselves at the front of the line,” Burr railed.
From there, the comedian marched on with a bit on Pride month in NYC (another miss,) parlaying it into a statement on the need for Black History Month to be transferred to July so that Black people in the gay community could have two months to celebrate.
Naturally, Twitter was ablaze with commentary ranging from outirght vitriol to reluctant praise.
Watch Bill Burr’s full Saturday Night Live monologue above and scroll on for the full spectrum of reactions.
That Bill Burr monologue was fucking hilarious. And so well crafted minus the cancel culture part that bombed.
— roxane gay (@rgay) October 11, 2020
Checking the Bill Burr trending tab and seeing it literally being 50% black people laughing at him making fun of white women and 50% white women mad at him for making fun of white women pic.twitter.com/EBhGi65tUm
— (spooky) laine (@lainefoxworthy) October 11, 2020
Bill Burr: white women have benefited from white supremacy as well, so sit y’all fake woke asses down
— Blanche NeverHo (@Black_Daria1) October 11, 2020
— Anita Bennett (@tvanita) October 11, 2020
i didn’t even smile at bill burr, let alone chuckle. that was terrible. just let jim carrey take over. #SNL
— Magic 1⃣ (@magic_uno) October 11, 2020
Bill Burr’s opening monologue is just obnoxious and misogynstic. It’s 2020. Someone tell him calling women “bitches” isn’t funny #SNL
— Skylar Baker-Jordan (@SkylarJordan) October 11, 2020
Man’s really said we should make black history month longer and pair it up with gay pride, and said let black people be the leaders of their movement…and u missed that??
— Julian Bass (@thejulianbass) October 11, 2020