In a letter addressed to NBC CEO Stephen Burke and SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels, the organization wrote, “NHLA is flabbergasted that Saturday Night Live (SNL) has invited Donald Trump to host the November 7, 2015 show. Donald Trump has yet to apologize for his bigoted comments about Mexican immigrants. Allowing Trump to host SNL will legitimize and validate his anti-Latino comments.”
Sources inside NBC say they feel there is no difference between Trump’s SNL hosting turn and some of his other media appearances. The full letter from the NHLA can be read on the group’s official website.
NHLA continued to address “the historic lack of Latino casting members” on the late-night sketch comedy show. “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?”
A petition was also published to MoveOn.org asking NBC to boot Trump from SNL. As of Sunday afternoon, the number of signatures in support of the action surpassed 111,000 out of the 125,000 needed.
NBC cut ties with The Apprentice host in June, after remarks he made about Hispanic immigrants. During the first GOP debate, he detailed his plan to build a wall to keep out illegal immigrants, while, more recently, his supporters clashed with immigration activists protesting a pro-Trump rally in Virginia.
NHLA wrote, “We are appalled that you would enable Trump’s hateful speech for nothing less than a ratings ploy and ask that you rescind the SNL invitation.”