Sandra Oh, Simu Liu, Norm Macdonald Weigh In On Fired SNL Cast Member Shane Gillis
|The Huffington Post 17 Sep 2019 at 20:38|
Two Asian-Canadian actors are happy with Saturday Night Lives decision to fire a new cast member who made racist and homophobic remarks on a podcast.
Sandra Oh , who hosted SNL earlier this year, said Tuesday the comedy show was right to fire new cast member Shane Gillis, and ripped the comedian for a nonapology .
The Canadian star tweeted that she was glad to see the NBC show had decided to NOT legitimize/give platform [to] purveyors of racist homophobic content.
She then referred to Gillis statement attributing his offensive comments to taking risks as a comedian, and saying he would apologize to anyone whos actually offended.
Risks? LAZY ASS UNORIGINAL, Oh tweeted.
Simu Liu , also a Canadian and Marvels newest superhero , also weighed in to add that he was happy about SNLs decision, given that Gillis refused to show remorse for what was very evidently hate speech.
I am never one to celebrate or take joy over the misfortune of others, but Shane Gillis refused to show remorse for what was very evidently hate speech.
An SNL spokesperson said Monday,four days after Gillis was announced as a new cast member, that when its new season premieres later this month.
The decision followed freelance comedy writer Seth Simons tweets on Thursday featuring clips from a 2018 podcast co-hosted by Gillis. Gillis used racist slurs, including calling people of Chinese descent fucking chinks, and mocked Asian accents on the show.
Other reporters later pointed out more examples of problematic remarks by Gillis, who also referred to comedians who have spoken openly about mental health as white faggot comics, and ranked comedians using their race, gender and sexual orientation.
Both Oh and Liu went on to congratulate other new cast members, Chloe Fineman and SNL writer Bowen Yang. Yang actually played North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a sketch with , which inadvertently highlighted the shows dearth of Asian performers.
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Bowen Yang as Kim John Un, Host Sandra Oh as a North Korean Interpreter and Beck Bennett as Vladimir Putin SNL.
Yangs promotion makes him the shows first Chinese American cast member, and which has run for more than four decades.
Oh was only the third Asian woman ever to host the show when she appeared in March. SNL has long been criticized for a lack of diversity and inclusion.
But not everyone is on the same page. Another Canadian comic, SNL alum Norm Macdonald, tweeted his sympathy out to Gillis. The work it takes to get that show and to have it snatched away by some guy who does Spoken Bird poetry. Unacceptable, he wrote. He appeared to be going after Simons, who first brought Gilliss remarks to the public, and who may have once posted a video to YouTube where he made bird sounds .
Macdonald went on to respond to many of the people who disagreed with him. He also posted a link to the story about Gilliss firing and wrote this means WAR, a tweet he pinned to the top of his timeline.
of course you know, this means WAR. https://t.co/GMv8xNuvwx
Macdonald himself was fired from SNL in the 90s, reportedly because of his jokes calling O.J. Simpson a murderer during the height of the heavily publicized murder trial. (NBCs West Coast president Don Ohlmeyer was reportedly a friend of Simpsons.) Macdonald now says hes not completely sure if Simpson is guilty.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in November, Macdonald defended disgraced comedians Roseanne and Louis C.K., and added that hes happy the #MeToo movement has slowed down a little bit.