Pete Davidson said on “Saturday Night Live” that supporting the Catholic Church is the “same thing” as being an R. Kelly fan.
“Before I continue, this guy is a monster and he should go to jail forever,” Davidson said during on SNL’s “Weekend Update” segment.
“But if you support the Catholic Church isn’t that like the same thing as being an R. Kelly fan?” he continued.
“I don’t really see the difference, except for one’s music is significantly better,” Davidson added.
Davidson went on to argue that it’s possible to appreciate the art or institution without condoning the behavior of the artist or priests.
The 52-year-old R. Kelly pleaded not guilty last month to 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse.
Three of the women were under the age of 17 at the time of the alleged incidents, which prosecutors say spanned from 1998 to 2010.
The singer was released from jail for a second time on Saturday after posting bail for failing to pay child care support.
The Catholic church has been embroiled in a child sexual abuse scandal for years that include bombshell reports accusing hundreds of priests of abuse in states such as Pennsylvania.