Pressure continues to mount against NBC and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who is scheduled to host the popular comedy show Saturday Night Live, or SNL, this weekend. A coalition of Latino advocacy groups has called on the show to remove Trump as the host, condemning his offensive statements over the course of his presidential campaign.
NBC previously cut ties with Trump in July, after he described Mexican immigrants as “rapists” during his presidential announcement. NBC announced that Trump would not return to host “The Celebrity Apprentice” and that the network would no longer run the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, joint ventures between Trump and the network.
The announcement that Trump would host Saturday Night Live on November 7 was met by instant backlash, including a protest organized by the League of United Latin American Citizens and a statement from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, a coalition of 40 civil rights and public policy groups, also sent a letter to NBC Universal SEO Steve Burke, demanding “How can SNL justify casting zero Latinas over 41 seasons and only 2 Latinos over the same period, while promoting Trump’s divisive speech toward Latinos?”
Felix Sanchez, Chairman and Co-Founder of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, joins MetroFocus Contributor Alejandra Campoverdi to discuss the backlash and whether Trump’s comments have ignited a “Latino Spring” of citizen activism online.
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