Shane Gillis will go down in Saturday Night Live history as a castmember who never made it to his debut. Following the announcement of his hiring, a 2018 video arose displaying the comedian making blatantly racist remarks about Asian people. Then came a news cycle that dug up other recent remarks that trafficked in sexism, homophobia, Islamaphobia, and slurs. When Gillis’s tweeted apology failed to move mercury, Lorne Michaels announced he’d been let go. Gillis responded with all the grace you’d expect from a dude who thinks “ch*nk” is a boundary-pushing punchline.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Gillis’ firing and his post-firing public statement.
It was really too much for racist Shane Gillis to say: "I apologize for saying those things about the Chinese community. I understand why it was wrong and why I can't be on SNL for upcoming season. I wish the best of luck to Bowen Yang and Chloe Fineman." https://t.co/xpzYVJV7zT— Karen K. Ho (@karenkho) September 16, 2019
You didn't "get" SNL. Your name will never be on the opening credits, it will never be listed as a writer, your photo will never hang at 30Rock.— Yolanda Machado (@SassyMamainLA) September 16, 2019
You are just a homophobic, misogynistic, racist who will be forgotten. Hope the door hits you on the way out.
When Gillis said that calling us chinks was “nice racism, good racism,” what he meant was, “This racism is okay because Asians are submissive so I won’t suffer consequences.”— Stephanie Foo (@imontheradio) September 16, 2019
Don’t try us. And don’t set foot in Chinatown ever again dude. https://t.co/5G6fKY5G2F
the most hilarious part about shane gillis getting fired is that snl said sorry our vetting wasn't up to snuff…..when everything is on page one of his google results— discourse wallah (@krutika) September 16, 2019
my parents: don’t take pleasure in anyone’s downfall— Austin S. Harris (@austinsharris) September 16, 2019
SNL: Shane Gillis is out
put it this way: could you say the stuff Shane Gillis said at work and not get fired?— Sam Adams (@SamuelAAdams) September 16, 2019
if you think Shane Gillis getting fired by SNL is cruel, wait till you see his inevitable Netflix comedy special called TRIGGERED where he'd be forced to make same overdone, trite jokes about SJWs & PC culture just to survive like all other 10,000 washed-up comedians on Netflix— saeen (@saeen90_) September 16, 2019
Some mocked Gillis’s parting shot, which declared he is “a mad tv guy anyway” [sic].
Mad TV when Shane Gillis said they’re more his style pic.twitter.com/9imhqIOFPF— Kai Choyce (@kaichoyce) September 16, 2019
Girl: I have a boyfriend.— DJ Evangelista (@WakandaBS_isDis) September 17, 2019
Shane Gillis: Well you're ugly anyway. You know I'm really a nice guy, whatever fuck you, I only came over here because I felt sorry for you. https://t.co/FCLUpXRDET
Shane Gillis saying he was always more of a MAD TV guy, after getting fired by SNL is the funniest joke he ever told. And it's an approach I'm gonna take at the car dealership. When I get turned down for a loan on a Maserati, I'm gonna shrug, cuz I was always more of a Toyota guy— Tim Wise (@timjacobwise) September 17, 2019
However, Gillis had defenders, including Mike Cernovich, who compared the comedian’s recent use of racist and homophobic slurs to James Gunn making tasteless jokes on Twitter ten years ago.
The media rushed to defend James Gunn while demanding Shane Gillis be fired from SNL.— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) September 16, 2019
Really makes you think! https://t.co/jYCxImVise
SNL alum Rob Schneider, who has built a movie career on racist and sexist stereotypes, defending Gillis.
Dear @Shanemgillis— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) September 16, 2019
As a former SNL cast member I am sorry that you had the misfortune of being a cast member during this era of cultural unforgiveness where comedic misfires are subject to the intolerable inquisition of those who never risked bombing on stage themselves.
Robmeister, making excuses… https://t.co/K7G6lpQGCF— Brian Tallerico (@Brian_Tallerico) September 17, 2019
And former SNL alum David Spade weighed in by letting two other comedians discuss Gillis’s firing. Jim Jeffries decried “cancel culture,” while Bill Burr wonders if those outraged consider the possible “good things” Gillis has done. Then Spade showed sympathy for Gillis, suggesting he was unfairly targeted for scrutiny after being hired for one of the most coveted jobs in comedy, which would put him on the national stage weekly.
Lots of opinions flying w 2 great guests tonight https://t.co/7Ixo62Zx9g— David Spade (@DavidSpade) September 17, 2019
Some suggested the makers of SNL are hypocrites, considering past sketches and future guests:
#SNL, a show with no Asian cast members, fires a comedian for joking about Asians. Are they going to pretend Mike Myers never made fun of Asians too? How about Belushi? #ShaneGillis pic.twitter.com/ZfsPcC1Lkb— U up? (@DenifLewesa) September 17, 2019
SNL fires new cast member Shane Gillis over past racist comments.— NotKennyRogers (@NotKennyRogers) September 16, 2019
In other news…Eddie Murphy scheduled to host SNL on December 21st.
Somebody over there should probably pop in a VHS tape of "Raw" and "Delirious."
For reference: Belushi was on the show from 1975-1979. Myers’ tenure was 1989-1995. And Eddie Murphy’s comedy specials Delirious and Raw were recorded in 1983 and 1987 respectively.
Democratic Presidential hopeful Andrew Yang, whom Gillis called a “jew ch*ink” last May, offered:
Shane Gillis reached out. Looks like we will be sitting down together soon.— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) September 16, 2019
Muslim activist Omar Suleiman suggested that the so-called cancel culture is against God’s will. Others suggested he, like SNL, could stand to do a bit more digging.
God doesn’t cancel people.— Omar Suleiman (@omarsuleiman504) September 16, 2019
Noah might disagree.— Attila the Hunty (@xtofer_robn) September 17, 2019
God cancelled Lot’s wife just because she looked at him while he was cancelling a whole city of people.— Soren Bowie (@Soren_Ltd) September 17, 2019
If by “cancel” you mean “reprimand for their bad behavior in a public setting and then remove from positions of power and honor” then yes there’s a book full of God cancelling people, it’s the most-printed book in history, consider looking into it— Alissa Wilkinson (@alissamarie) September 17, 2019
Finally, some Twitter users had thoughts on this cancel culture that is being portrayed as a life-ruining menace.
SNL reversing its decision to hire Shane Gillis isn’t a triumph of cancel culture or political correctness or whatever else idiots will label it. It is the swift and appropriate rectification of a mistake.— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) September 16, 2019
Reminder that no one actually has a problem with "cancel culture." It's just the thing you complain about when someone faces consequences for a belief you agree with but don't want to defend.— Michael Hobbes (@RottenInDenmark) September 17, 2019
Racist and homophobic. At least Shane Gillis can now be a contestant on Dancing With The Stars, a Supreme Court Judge or President. https://t.co/1uQW0pzFwf— Alec Mapa (@AlecMapa) September 17, 2019
Y'all: Cancel culture has gotten out of hand— David Dennis Jr. (@DavidDTSS) September 17, 2019
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