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'SNL': Larry David stirs controversy with concentration camp jokes in opening monologue

Published: Sunday, November 05, 2017 @ 9:28 AM
By: Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Larry David's controversial "Saturday Night Live" opening monologue apparently curbed some Twitter users' enthusiasm for the comedian's stint as host.

>> Watch the monologue here (WARNING: Viewer discretion advised)

David, who won over “SNL” fans with his portrayal of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders during the 2016 presidential campaign, kicked off Saturday's episode with a stand-up bit that included jokes referencing the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the Holocaust.

“A lot of sexual harassment stuff in the news of late, and I couldn’t help but notice a very disturbing pattern emerging, which is that many of the predators — not all, but many of them — are Jews. And I have three words to say to that: Oy vey iz mir (woe is me)," David said.

The "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star also joked about hitting on women in concentration camps.

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"I've always been obsessed with women, and I've often wondered if I'd grown up in Poland when Hitler came to power and was sent to a concentration camp, would I still be checking women out in the camp? I think I would," David quipped, adding, "Of course, the problem is, there are no good opening lines in a concentration camp."

Critics took to Twitter to blast David. Check out some of the comments below:

Many fans, however, spoke in David's defense: