The National Hispanic Media Coalition and over a dozen other Latino organizations will gather outside the “Saturday Night Live” studio on Wednesday to protest Donald Trump hosting the NBC sketch show.
People are encouraged to rally at the Comcast Building at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York City on Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. The groups will also deliver petitions with over 460,000 signatures calling on NBCUniversal to cancel Trump’s involvement.
“‘Saturday Night Live’ is not a news program, it is a cultural touchstone,” the NHMC said in a statement. “Providing such a platform for somebody who so clearly holds false and disparaging opinions of so many segments of this country is a dangerous proposition that legitimizes Trump’s hateful views and rewards his hate speech.”
Many Latino groups have been putting pressure on the network to drop the GOP Presidential candidate from the show.
The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, which includes 40 civil rights and public policy groups, sent a letter asking NBC Universal CEO Stephen Burke and “SNL” executive producer Lorne Michaels to reconsider their decision. The letter has gone unanswered, but they’re not giving up.
“We have a number of options that are on the table,” Felix Sanchez, chairman and co-founder of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, told TheWrap. “This is a slap in the face.”
On Tuesday, the group uploaded a video to YouTube urging fellow Hispanics to protest the show. “November 7, 2015 will go down in history as the day NBC and Lorne Michaels disrespected Latinos and became the biggest losers,” the video said.
Trump earned the ire of Latinos during his Presidential campaign announcement speech when he referred to undocumented immigrants as “rapists.”