Colin Jost Is Under Fire for Transgender Joke on SNL

Transgender Universe

By Transgender Universe


Jost made the joke during SNL’s “Weekend Update” when making remarks about the dating app Tinder’s rollout of new gender options. “The dating app Tinder announced a new feature this week which gives users 37 different gender identity options,” said Jost. “It’s called, ‘Why the Democrats lost the election.’“ The joke came as the morning of the Transgender Day of Remembrance approached, which magnified the tastelessness of the comedian’s jab.

The comic tried to defend the joke as he received a backlash on Twitter, citing an OpEd that appeared in the New York Times written by Mark Lilla later that morning that blames identity politics as one of the reasons for Hillary Clinton’s election defeat. “Identity politics, by contrast, is largely expressive, not persuasive. Which is why it never wins elections — but can lose them,” Lilla says in the article.

In the middle of the Twitter backlash was punk duo PWR BTTM, who called Jost out over his remarks.

In spite of Jost’s comments, there is no polling data that suggests identity politics were the reason for Donald Trump’s election victory. His remarks came on a day when transgender people mourn the loss of those in their community who were murdered in the past year.