Remember, like, after his first “Weekend Update,” where I thought that Michael Che was the next coming of Norm MacDonald? He absolutely crushed that first show. And then not as much as the second show, and then he said some stupid things on social media, and then the world kind of soured on him, and then he started coming off as weirdly apathetic and defensive on “Update,” which is not an easy combination to pull off. Then it kind of steamrolled, and then his ability to control the narrative got away from him.
So, he deleted his Twitter account, and I — personally — got the impression that he was feeling hostile toward his audience, having been burned by social media for his comments and because he wasn’t consistently amazing on “Update” right out of the gate.
We are a fickle people, Michael Che! You kind of have to earn the benefit of the doubt, which you lose when you start boasting about being an asshole.
There is a point to this, and it’s that — while I probably wouldn’t have thought much of Che’s response to a guy’s passive-aggressive compliment on Instagram — now it kind of fits within the narrative we have of Che now, rather than working against it.
(The guy followed up the “eat a dick” comment with “hey man, I think you misinterpreted my comment. I’m really just trying to compliment you. I’ve been an avid watcher, and I truthfully wasn’t too sure, AT FIRST, but you proved me wrong and you’re doing a great job. I’d never go on here to insult you.”
I’m not saying that the guy didn’t deserve to be told to “eat a dick.” A guy who posts a picture of himself on Instagram riding the train isn’t necessarily asking for feedback about his goddamn job performance. I might have been tempted to tell the guy to “eat a dick,” too.
But I wouldn’t have, because I’m not funny enough or nearly talented enough to get away with telling a guy on social media to eat a dick. Look: It’s fine to be an asshole. Chevy Chase was an asshole. Bill Murray had bouts of assholery. But they were forgiven (at the time) because they were comedic geniuses. This sort of hostility just plays into an already soured perception we have of Che, who we can say — at the very least — is very bad at social media.