By Joshua Axelrod
October 27, 2015
A campaign aimed at urging NBC to cancel Donald Trump's "Saturday Night Live" hosting gig started trending on Twitter Tuesday.
The campaign, which employs the hashtag #RacismIsntFunny, is trying to stop Trump's scheduled "SNL" appearance on Nov. 7 via social media and multiple online petitions.
According to the #RacismIsntFunny website, over 362,000 people have signed anti-Trump petitions on forums like America's Voice, Change.org and MoveOn.org, as well as petitions back by Latino advocacy groups like the National Council of La Raza, Latino Victory Project and Voto Latino Action Fund.
"The #RacismIsntFunny campaign was started by a coalition of immigrant rights organizations and their allies concerned with 'Saturday Night Live's' role in mainstreaming anti-immigrant and anti-Latino rehtoric," the website's mission statement reads. "We are calling on 'SNL' to dump Donald Trump and keep him from hosting the show on Nov 7."
Latino groups have been blasting NBC and "SNL" since it was announced that Trump would be hosting the long-running sketch show.
The National Hispanic Leadership Agenda wrote a letter to NBC University CEO Stephen Burke and "SNL" executive director Lorne Michaels in mid-October to oppose the decision to let Trump host.
"We are appalled that you would enable Trump's hateful speech for nothing [more] than a ratings ploy and ask that you rescind the 'SNL' invitation," the group said in the letter.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., also voiced his disapproval on the House floor on Oct. 21. "If Donald Trump had said gays and lesbians were murdering and raping Americans, would he get to host the show?" the congressman asked.
If Trump is still allowed to host, it will be his second time helming an "SNL" episode. His first appearance came in 2004, long before Trump's political views were thrust into the spotlight by his presidential campaign, which leads the Washington Examiner's power rankings.
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