Shane Gillis may have been fired from Saturday Night Live before he even began, but some big name comedians are in his corner. The world of comedy has always been a controversial place, but arguably never to the degree to which it currently stands. Some view this as progress, but others aren’t so sure.
The recent SNL firing of newly hired comedian Shane Gillis came about as a result of past racist, sexist and homophobic comments he made during a podcast, which were spread via social media after his SNL hiring was confirmed. SNL apologized after terminating Gillis’ contract, saying that they should have looked into the comedian’s past before committing to hiring him. Calling Gillis’ language “offensive, hurtful and unacceptable”, the decision by SNL to part ways with Gillis was applauded by many – particularly since this year marks the first time in the legendary sketch comedy program’s 45 year history that an Asian American cast member was hired, in newcomer Bowen Yang.