Michael Che is half-heartedly trying to do damage control after he made some harsh, and one horrifyingly tasteless joke about Simone Biles dropping out of Olympic events.
The 'SNL' star announced late Thursday night on social media he intended to try out some Simone jokes on stage in NYC -- but apparently couldn't wait, because he immediately unleashed them, including a reference to the now convicted molester, Larry Nassar ... Simone being one of his victims.
Che wrote, "Larry Nasser 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."
He even critiqued himself, writing ... "goddman, that's rough. absolutely tasteless," but gave it a 9 out of 10. Again, Nasser was convicted of molesting 10 young women in the US gymnastics program.
Che also dropped a far less brutal "joke" when he posted, "Who said black don't crack?"
It's unclear if he actually followed through and tried this material onstage, but it sounds like he had more, as he claimed to have about 3 minutes worth of Biles material.
He clearly knew there would be severe online backlash for taking shots at such a beloved athlete. Early Friday morning he posted, "I got hacked today. can't believe they got me. yall kno I only do jokes about whites and cops."
The "hack" claim is clearly an attempt at humor. The fact is Che dared to go "there" ... as comedians do. We'll see if he suffers any consequences for it.