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Michael Che Is Facing Backlash For Offensive Jokes About Simone Biles, And It's Honestly A Little Shocking, Even For Him

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Warning: This post includes mention of sexual assault.

Comedians are known to push boundaries and speak truth to power, but also sometimes maybe they should, like, read the room?

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Michael Che is one of the most well-known voices in comedy, but even he's not above making a few poor choices when trying to get to the funny.

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The Saturday Night Live star ruffled some feathers on Thursday, when a few jokes posted from his account about gymnast Simone Biles were met with some very strong reactions.

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He posted on his Instagram story, "I got like 3 mins of Simone Biles jokes in my head. I'm going to the [comedy] cellar tonight to say them into a microphone. As the dorky kids say, I'm choosing violence."

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From there, things took a sharp turn for the weird.

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Michael reposted a comment from a fan on his Instagram story about Larry Nassar, who was found guilty of child pornography, sexual assault of a minor, and tampering with evidence.

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"Larry Nassar understands Simone Biles better than anyone," the person wrote. "He too had to quit doing what he loved at the pinnacle of his career because of mounting pressure."

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People were less than thrilled that he was picking on one of America's most beloved athletes.

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One called him out for using Simone's "trauma as a punchline."

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Another used comedy to call out the issues with his jokes.

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A different person called on Saturday Night Live to do something about the offensive nature of his humor.

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This person said that his jokes were "disgusting" and represent a deeper societal issue.

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Finally, someone said it was very loosely considered a joke and that they felt nauseated about it.

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Sooooooo, what does Michael have to say for himself? He says he was hacked!

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"Maaannnn, I got hacked today. Can't believe they got me," he wrote. "Y'all know I only do jokes about whites and cops. S'all good now. Changed my password and everything."

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How convenient. His Instagram account is now empty as well. Let's just hope the next time he gets hacked, maybe they'll release an apology.

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