“Saturday Night Live’s” first Latina cast member, Melissa Villaseñor, stirred up controversy for deleting almost 2,000 tweets, which include some that many critics are calling racist. Writer Aura Bogado first noticed the removal of many tweets in less than a week and called the situation “odd.”
I'm excited about the first latina on SNL but not gonna lie: deleting 2K tweets in 5 days is… odd. pic.twitter.com/p7D5Alm6qE
— Aura Bogado (@aurabogado) September 17, 2016
Upon doing more research, she and various other users, including writer April Reign, also noticed that many of Villaseñor’s since-deleted tweets targeted people of color and included racist statements. It appears that Villaseñor had set her account to private before the announcement of her joining “SNL,” which gave her time to remove her tweets from her account. Despite this action, diligent people still were able to find several tweets that she had missed like the ones below before she could delete those also.
— April ???????? (@ReignOfApril) September 22, 2016
Last year, “SNL” faced a similar situation when former member Jon Rudnitsky was criticized for his sexist and homophobic tweets and was ultimately not invited back for another season.
At this time, both “SNL” and Villaseñor have declined to officially comment on the controversy and criticism towards the comedian. She has yet to tweet anything since September 13, aside from replying “thank you pals” to the “Jackie and Laurie Show” a couple days later.