By Alex Bregman
Actor, writer and comedian John Leguizamo appeared on “Yahoo News Live” to discuss his new graphic novel, “Ghetto Klown,” with Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga. He also weighed in on the debate around Republican candidate Donald Trump’s hosting “Saturday Night Live” at NBC.
He told Golodryga, “I find it hurtful and insulting, and you’re celebrating someone who has said some horrible things. I find it unacceptable. I will not watch … I won’t watch ‘SNL’ anymore.”
Leguizamo continued, “What he says doesn’t even fall into the category of PC. It is hatemongering. I hope what I do in my work is not denigrating or belittling.”
It comes on the same day major Latino and immigration advocacy groups are holding a “Dump Trump” rally at Rockefeller Center, where the show is filmed.
NBC would not comment to Yahoo News about Trump’s hosting “SNL.”
Leguizamo also weighed in on Senator Marco Rubio’s recent rise in the polls. He said, “[Rubio] is on the wrong side unfortunately. Latin people for Republicans are like roaches for Raid.”
In his new book, which tells his life story in graphic novel form, Leguizamo writes about the impact his upbringing as a Latino immigrant has had on his career. He told Golodryga: “As an immigrant, you have this crazy drive … to make something of yourself.”
About his television debut on “Miami Vice,” he said, “I do feel a little guilty contributing to that negative stereotype … I felt guilty doing it, but I knew it was the only opportunity to get my name out there.”
On Latinos in Hollywood, which he calls in his book “Hollywouldn’t,” when it comes to Latinos, he said, “The talent is out there … We are out there … There is so much talent out there: You can’t find a Latin person? You are not trying.”