WRAL-TV, a North Carolina based television broadcast station censored audio segments during comedian Dave Chappelle’s performance on the most recently aired episode of “Saturday Night Live.” The station remarked that this decision was made to maintain its own policy for decency and profanity.
The station posted a remark on social media that its had decided to air the show with a 10-second delay in order to work around broadcasting 10 particular words that it refuses to broadcast. WRAL-TV claims Chappelle used two of these words a total of 9 times, with one of these words being taken from a crude remark for the female anatomy and the other word being a racial slur for African-American people. WRAL-TV’s statement indicates that it goes by its own policy for standards and practices and that they wished for viewers to understand that it was their decision and not one made by NBC.
Dave Chappelle appeared on the sixth episode of the 42nd season of Saturday Night Live, the first episode to air since Donald J. Trump was declared president-elect. Chappelle began with a monologue that covered his disbelief with the election; joking about “Apprentice” star Omarosa Manigault as a future presidential candidate; comparing the fear of Trump’s election among Caucasians to the reaction of the OJ Simpson trial’s verdict; reminding people about all of the shootings going on; the antics of ISIS; the shooting of Harambe the gorilla at a Cincinnati zoo; the Black Lives Matter movement and the gentrification of black neighborhoods.