Following the criticism of the sketch, Michael Che issued a statement on Monday, May 10. The comedian revealed he wrote the skit, noting he “was stunned” by the response.
“I’ve been reading about how my ‘gen z’ sketch was misappropriating AAVE,” he shared on Instagram, later admitting that he didn’t know what the term meant before. “I had to look it up. Turns out it’s an acronym for ‘African American Vernacular English.’ You know, AAVE! That ol’ saying that actual Black people use in conversation all the time…”
“Look the sketch bombed,” he continued. “I’m used to that. I meant no offense to the ‘AAVE’ community. I love AAVE. AAVE to the moon.”
The Weekend Update co-host captioned his post, “if i could stop one person from calling everybody bro and bestie, im happy with that.”