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SNL Fires Comic over Chinese Jokes
National Review ^ | 9/16/2019 | Kyle SMith

Posted on 09/17/2019 4:55:46 AM PDT by simpson96

Shane Gillis is a 31-year-old comic from Philadelphia. I’d never heard of him till last week, when Saturday Night Live (which I hardly ever watch anyway) announced that he would be among the new members of its cast this fall. Within hours of his hiring, social-media users posted clips of Gillis recording a podcast in which he did some bits on Chinese people that indulged in some woeful stereotyping, mocked Chinese speech and used the word “chinks.” Of Chinatown, he said, “Let the f***ing chinks live there.” In other bits on Matt & Shane’s Secret Podcast, Gillis used the word “gay” in a derogatory way, e.g. “that’s so gay.” Gillis has also made some other questionable remarks. We don’t use his kind of language around here but you can read more here.

Last week a lot of journalists, activists, and lower-tier comedy professionals joined a Twitter mob calling for Gillis to be fired. One of them was Jimmy O. Yang, which surprised me because Yang is best known for his character on HBO’s Silicon Valley, in which Yang, through his character Jian-Yiang, does an absolute merciless stereotypical Chinese accent. (If you don’t know his other work, you may be unaware that Yang normally speaks without a foreign accent.)(snip)

Gillis’s bit was pretty awful. He shouldn’t have said what he said. It also wasn’t funny. On the other hand, firing someone is a drastic step, particularly for someone at this stage of his career. Gillis, had he made it to the SNL cast, would have overnight become one of the most recognizable comics in America. As it is he may find himself having difficulty getting work in the future. (Indeed one or two comedy clubs have reportedly already done so, finding his material offensive.)

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1 posted on 09/17/2019 4:55:46 AM PDT by simpson96
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Norm Macdonald and Rob Schnider have already reached out to him.


2 posted on 09/17/2019 4:57:12 AM PDT by struggle
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To: simpson96

Me Chinese,me play joke,Me put peepee in your Coke.


3 posted on 09/17/2019 5:01:16 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (A big mouth doesn't make a big man.~John Wayne)
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To: struggle

Try to find a recording of Norm and Adam Corolla doing a rif on Kenny Ridgers songs, just hilarious.


4 posted on 09/17/2019 5:05:36 AM PDT by gibsonguy
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To: simpson96

Wee Tu Lo must have complained... :)


5 posted on 09/17/2019 5:06:25 AM PDT by unread (Joe McCarthy was right.......)
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To: simpson96

Andrew Dice Clay redux?


https://variety.com/2019/tv/news/shane-gillis-saturday-night-live-1203337908/
[A little more than 21 minutes into “Ep 146 – Live from Shane’s Parent’s Basement,” while talking about the Battle of Gettysburg, Gillis refers to soldiers yelling as “so gay.” About 29 minutes into the podcast, Gillis uses the word “retard,” and “f-ggot,” and shortly afterward he and McCusker joke about “hot Southern boys” being raped during the Civil War, comparing it to “having gay sex in jail.”

Gillis, in describing women who disguised themselves as men to fight in the war, refers to them as “flat chested f—ing bitch[es].” ]


6 posted on 09/17/2019 5:07:20 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (My dad had a Delta 88. That was a car. It was like driving your living room.)
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To: gibsonguy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHNhmwmNsPc


7 posted on 09/17/2019 5:10:24 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs
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To: simpson96

John Belushi and Chevy Chase would never have been hired at SNL given the current PC climate. Liberals have no sense of humor.


8 posted on 09/17/2019 5:10:25 AM PDT by rjsimmon (The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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Well, that turned into a Chinese fire drill.


9 posted on 09/17/2019 5:14:46 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: rjsimmon

Same with Eddie Murphy.


10 posted on 09/17/2019 5:15:01 AM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: simpson96

Given that criteria, they’re going to shut down SNL?


11 posted on 09/17/2019 5:18:12 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (Specialization is for insects.)
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To: simpson96

Old internet meme.

12 posted on 09/17/2019 5:19:05 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: simpson96

Learn to code.


13 posted on 09/17/2019 5:21:49 AM PDT by VTenigma (The Democrat party is the party of the mathematically challenged)
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To: rjsimmon

From what I’m reading here, neither does Shane Gillis!


14 posted on 09/17/2019 5:23:24 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: simpson96

Snowflakes ruin everything they touch. It’s all about who can be “offended” the most.


15 posted on 09/17/2019 5:27:38 AM PDT by bray (Pray for President Trump)
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Funny how they are not offended by calling half of America Nazis.


16 posted on 09/17/2019 5:28:28 AM PDT by bray (Pray for President Trump)
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To: miss marmelstein

Yes, this does not seem like a great loss to comedy.

It’s one thing if the rules change on you such that some material you did 25 years earlier is now found distasteful. Eddie Murphy’s Delirious qualifies for that. It’s sort of an ex post facto conviction. Yeah, I’m sorry, but you did all laugh.

No, this guy is doing this stupid stuff in the last few years. Of course he’s not going to get on SNL, it’s amazing that he got as far as he did.


17 posted on 09/17/2019 5:31:58 AM PDT by babble-on ("moderation is best in all things" - Hesiod)
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SNL....where only trashing, threatening, and mocking Trump and conservatives is acceptable.


18 posted on 09/17/2019 5:32:47 AM PDT by jughandle (Big words anger me, keep talking.)
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To: simpson96
Three laborers were standing around at a construction site: two Americans and a Chinaman. Up comes the foreman and says, "Alright, yous guys, I got some work for you to do. See that pile of dirt? It got put in the wrong place, and it needs to go over there, by that truck."

He looks at the first American and says, "Okay, you look pretty strong. I'm putting you in charge of shoveling." He looks at the second American and says, "You look like you know your way around a broom; I'm putting you in charge of sweeping." Then he goes to the Chinaman and says, "You look pretty smart; you can be in charge of supplies. I'll be back in an hour, and I expect the job to be done.

So he leaves and comes back in an hour to see the two Americans lolling about and the pile of dirt unmoved.

"What the f*** is this?" he yells, perturbed. "I gives you guys some simple instructions and I come back and you're just standing around!"

"What else could we do?" asks the first American. "I need a shovel to move the dirt, and my buddy here needs a broom to sweep. You put the Chinaman in charge of supplies and we ain't seen hide or hair of him since you left!"

"Oh, for crying out loud!" cries the foreman. "Where the hell is that bastard?" He starts to walk behind the pile of dirt, but just as he turns the corner, out pops the Chinaman.

"Supplies!"

19 posted on 09/17/2019 5:47:39 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham ("God is a spirit, and man His means of walking on the earth.")
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Chicken make lousy house pet.


20 posted on 09/17/2019 5:50:17 AM PDT by Alas Babylon! (The media is after us. Trump's just in the way.)
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