SNL hasn’t been funny for over 30 years and its relevance has declined in proportion to the exhaustion of any comedic value the show once had back when John Belushi was still alive. So in order to artificially propel the show back up in the ratings and give it some much needed “woke” credibility, the producers had to get creative when preparing for the new season.
First of all they hired a gay Chinese comedian, which is funny because Asians are like women in that they aren’t funny. But it seems that everyone is hiring gay minorities these days so this in itself wouldn’t really give them that many points on the totem pole of wokeness.
No, what was needed here was some really dry tinder in the underbrush that they could set off at exactly the right moment so as to gain the best exposure possible. Thus, this is a story of manipulation in the age of wokeness, where white guys are sacrificed at the altar of progressive politics in order to get a few extra hits on the old television screen.
Saturday Night Live has sacked comedian Shane Gillis for making racist jokes about Chinese people, the US late-night comedy show said on Monday, just four days after he was revealed as a new cast member.
Videos of Gillis using the derogatory term “chinks” and making homophobic comments triggered a rapid backlash and were widely shared following the announcement last Thursday that he had been signed as a new cast member.
The language used by Gillis was “offensive, hurtful and unacceptable”, a spokesperson for producer Lorne Michaels said in a statement.
“We were not aware of his prior remarks that have surfaced over the past few days,” it said, adding: “We are sorry that we did not see these clips earlier, and that our vetting process was not up to our standard.”
My bullshito-meter went into overdrive as soon as I read this. What are the odds, people? What exactly are the odds that four days after hiring this white guy they suddenly discover him making racist and homophobic jokes, (ie jokes), on some obscure podcast, (almost as obscure as my own.) And not only that, but their other recent new hire was the aforementioned gay Chinese not funny guy.
The clips provoked fury on social media, with many noting that Gillis had been hired at the same time as Bowen Yang, the show’s first full-time Asian-American cast member who is of Chinese heritage and gay.
Set up. This is a classic set up in order to generate publicity for the show. Gillis was only ever going to be hired for as long as it took the publicity team to decide when the time was ripe to pull the trigger. That time was a full four days. And it worked for them.
Strangely enough, Gillis’ own work was prophetic in this regard only a year ago.
If you’re a straight white guy who gets a job offer from a famous woke company of any type, you might want to do some serious homework before you accept. Imagine if Gillis had publicly turned the offer down by stating that SNL wasn’t relevant anymore? That’s publicity that you just can’t buy. Get creative, people.