Michael Che’s Instagram is blank after the account allegedly shared crude jokes about Simone Biles.
One of the alleged jokes referenced convicted sex abuser and disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar.
Screenshots purportedly showing Instagram stories from Che’s account circulated on Twitter.
“Saturday Night Live” star Michael Che appears to have scrubbed his Instagram account after he posted crude jokes about Olympic champion Simone Biles, including a sexual assault one regarding convicted sex abuser and ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar.
Che’s Instagram with 628,000 followers had zero posts on it as of Friday morning.
But purported screenshots of the since-deleted posts on Che’s Instagram story about Biles – who bowed out of the all-around gymnastics competition at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics this week due to mental health concerns – have been circulating on Twitter.
“Man, I wanna make fun of simone biles,” read one post on Che’s Instagram account, according to a screenshot posted to Twitter by account @BallerAlert.
Another one read, “I got like 3 mins of simone biles jokes in my head. Im going to the cellar tonight to say them into a microphone. as the dorky kids say, im choosing violence.”
Che’s account also posted a screenshot of a reply he received from another Instagram user to one of his stories that read, according to the @BallerAlert screenshots: “Larry Nassar understands Simone Biles better than anyone. He too had to quit doing what he loved at the pinnacle of his career because of mounting pressure.”
Biles is one of the hundreds of women to accuse Nassar of sex abuse.
“Goddamn, that’s rough. Absolutely tasteless. 9/10,” Che’s account posted in reply, according to a screenshot.
Another screenshot posted to Che’s Instagram story claimed that the account was hacked.
Che has faced backlash in the past for “Saturday Night Live” jokes that many called offensive.
In 2019, the star sparked controversy after misgendering and deadnaming Caitlyn Jenner during a “Saturday Night Live” segment. In February, he made a factually inaccurate joke about Israel only vaccinating its Jewish population that was condemned as anti-semitic by the Anti-Defamation League and other organizations.
In May, an “SNL” sketch he authored was criticized for using African American Vernacular English and calling it Gen-Z slang.
Representatives for Che did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment on Friday.
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