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03/10/2019 03:25 EDT | Updated 03/10/2019 16:50 EDT

Pete Davidson Compares R. Kelly To Catholic Church, But With Better Music

He also defended the age gap between him and his new girlfriend, Kate Beckinsale.

Pete Davidson gave the “Saturday Night Live” audience a start when he boldly compared R. Kelly to the Catholic Church.

“If you support the Catholic Church, isn’t that the same thing as being an R. Kelly fan?” he asked on “Weekend Update.” “I don’t really see the difference — only one’s music is significantly better.”

He then riffed on the dilemma of enjoying music from artists whose behavior is despicable.

“I’m not saying it’s an easy decision,” Davidson said. “I’m just saying you don’t know how good someone’s music really is until you find out they’re a pedophile. And the reason everybody’s so upset is because R. Kelly and Michael Jackson made great music.”

“If I found out Macklemore did some stuff, I’d be happy to free up the space on my iPhone,” he joked. 

Davidson concluded the rule should be: “You could appreciate their work, but you only if you admit what they did.”

“Any time any of us listen to a song or watch a movie made by an accused serial predator, you have to donate a dollar to a charity that helps sexual assault survivors,” he suggested.

Davidson, 25, also took a minute to defend the age difference between him and his new girlfriend, Kate Beckinsale, 45.

“Apparently, people have a crazy fascination with our age difference, but it really doesn’t bother us,” he said.

He speedily ran through a list of men ― from Donald Trump and Alec Baldwin to Harrison Ford, Larry King and Scott Disick — who have all dated significantly younger women.