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"Offensive, hurtful and unacceptable": SNL fires new cast member over Asian slur

Added 09-16-19 05:35:01pm EST - “"I was always a mad tv guy anyway."” -


Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From “"Offensive, hurtful and unacceptable": SNL fires new cast member over Asian slur”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

“But he’s a comedian.” “But it was a slur.” “But comedians use slurs all the time.” “But it was a slur about a different racial group, not his own.” “But it was a joke!” “But it was a lame joke.”

Here’s what got Shane Gillis in trouble. In the first clip, from last year, you’ll hear him say, “Chinatown’s f***ing nuts. Let the f***ing ch*nks live there, huh?” In the second, he imitates broken English spoken by someone Asian. Both exchanges are tedious and hackneyed more than offensive; they’re also loaded with profanity, so take proper precautions if you’re at work. Complicating SNL’s decision about him was the fact that they just added the first Asian cast member in the show’s long history, Bowen Yang. What’s the greater handicap to Asian-Americans — being overlooked for 45 years by America’s premier late-night comedy ensemble or Gillis bro-ing out with his thoughts on Chinatown?

today SNL announced the hiring of its first cast member of East Asian descent, and also this guy

He was dinged for other crimes against progress after SNL announced his addition to the cast. And so today the axe fell:

And in a statement, an “SNL” spokesperson on behalf of “SNL” boss Lorne Michaels, told Page Six: “After talking with Shane Gillis, we have decided that he will not be joining ‘SNL.’


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