Pete Davidson compares R. Kelly to Catholic Church

The cold open wasn’t the only time R. Kelly was mentioned on this week’s “Saturday Night Live” – Pete Davidson also focused on the R&B singer, who is facing 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, during his segment on the Weekend Update sketch.

Davidson started by calling Kelly a “monster,” before sharing his take on the similarities between him and the Catholic Church, which has seen five major leaders taken down by a sex abuse scandal recently.

“If you support the Catholic Church, isn’t that like the same thing as being an R. Kelly fan? I don’t really see a difference, only, like, one’s music is significantly better,” Davidson said to mixed reactions from the crowd. “Look, I’m not saying it’s an easy decision, I’m just saying, you don’t know how good someone’s music is until you find out they’re a pedophile.”

He continued, “And the reason everyone’s so upset is because R. Kelly and Michael Jackson made great music. If I found out Macklemore did some weird stuff, I’d be happy to free up the space on my iPhone.”

Davidson then suggested how people should handle whether to continue listening to Kelly.

“With guys like R. Kelly, the rule should be, if you wanna listen to their music, you just have to admit they’re bad people.” he said. 

Davidson, 25, then dramatically changed to a lighter topic: his current relationship with 45-year-old actress Kate Beckinsale.

Although he doesn’t mention the actress by name, the pair have been recently spotted kissing each other in public after weeks of dating rumors.

“Apparently, people have a crazy fascination with our age difference,” he said. “But it doesn’t really bother us.”

“But then again, I’m new to this, so if you have questions about relationships with a big age difference, just ask Leonardo DiCaprio, Jason Statham, Michael Douglas, Richard Gere…” he continued, listing more stars who have been in age-gap relationships.

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