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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Saturday, September 24, 2016, 4:39 PM
“Saturday Night Live’s” first Latina cast member, Melissa Villaseñor, has come under fire for old offensive tweets she has now deleted.
In the days leading up to her official casting announcement, the comedienne made her Twitter account private. Villaseñor did switch her account back to public, but not before scrubbing upwards of 2,000 tweets from her feed.
Writer and activist Aura Bogado, whom the “SNL” newcomer has since blocked, was among the first to point out the strangeness of Villaseñor’s social media purge.
“Was excited when (Villaseñor) got SNL gig. Was apprehensive when she deleted 2K tweets,” she wrote to her twitter followers. “Was disgusted with the ones she forgot to delete.”
April Reign, a writer who started the viral #OscarsSoWhite, was quick to reply to Bogado’s tweet with screenshots of several questionable tweets from Villaseñor.
“I hate those mexicans on bikes,” one reads, “they threw something at my car. The world doesn’t need them.”
And it wasn’t long before others started to respond to Bogado and Reign’s tweets with screen grabs of their own.
“A bossy black lady at my temp job right now looks exactly like steve erkel,” a 2010 tweet reads. “Ugly.”
Villaseñor has been inactive on Twitter over the last week and and has yet to comment on the offensive tweets.
The former “America’s Got Talent” contestant was quick to delete the remaining tweets after being called out, but as one social media user pointed out: “Screen shots are forever.”
This isn’t the first time comedians have been called out for offensive “jokes” on social media — less than 24 hours after securing the “The Daily Show” hosting gig, Trevor Noah was blasted for his insensitive Twitter comments. “SNL alum” John Rudnitsky was similarly called out for his sexist and homophobic tweets.
Bogado acknowledged that Villaseñor has made a living out of cracking jokes, but didn’t seem to think the deleted tweets qualified as such.
“Some people don’t seem to get that some of Melissa Villaseñor’s tweets weren’t just jokes,” she wrote. “If you’re more upset at me pointing out her tweets than you are about Villaseñor’s racism itself, good luck. I can’t help you.”