New Saturday Night Live featured participant Shane Gillis not too long ago made headlines for a since-deleted YouTube video that not too long ago resurfaced with information of his casting. In the video, Gillis mocks individuals of Chinese descent alongside podcast co-host Matt McCusker. Hours after the story made nationwide information and SNL got here underneath fireplace for the now controversial casting, Gillis has issued a press release on his private Twitter account, explaining that he’s a “comedian who pushes boundaries” and that he’ll “apologize to anyone who’s actually offended” by what he’s stated.
You can learn Gillis’ full assertion beneath:
— Shane Gillis (@Shanemgillis) September 13, 2019
“I’m a comedian who pushes boundaries. I sometimes miss,” writes Gillis. “If you go through my 10 years of comedy, most of it bad, you’re going to find a lot of bad misses. I’m happy to apologize to anyone who’s actually offended by anything I’ve ever said. My intention is never to hurt anyone but I am trying to be the best comedian I can be and sometimes that requires risks.”
In the unique video clip, Gillis will be discovered saying a racial slur denigrating Chinese individuals, in addition to saying issues about Chinatown and insulting interactions with waiters at Chinese eating places. He later proclaims within the clip: “nice racism, good racism. I love to be f—ing racist.”
A brand new report from Vulture digs deep into Gillis’ offensive comedy, which embrace homophobic slurs in addition to different racist feedback. The report features a remark from Philadelphia’s Good Good Comedy Theatre co-owner Kate Banford, who defined that she was stunned by SNL’s casting information due to his materials.
“Good Good Comedy Theatre stopped working with him within the past few years because of racist, homophobic, and sexist things he’s said on and offstage,” Banford stated.
Another unnamed supply defined that it was “extremely discouraging” to see Gillis’ rise within the Philadelphia, saying that “using the language he did and got so much recognition for was really disheartening.”
“Expose racism. We ain’t gunna take this shit anymore, you will think about it if ever run into me,” Tan wrote on Twitter.
Saturday Night Live is scheduled to return to NBC this Fall.