It looks like presidential hopeful Andrew Yang is attempting to take the road less traveled with fired Saturday Night Live cast member Shane Gillis despite the fact he used racial slurs that targeted Asian Americans in a podcast he recorded before joining the NBC comedy show.
In the wake Gilliss firing (he was just announced as a featured member so he barely was a cast member) Yang tweeted “Shane Gillis reached out. Looks like we will be sitting down together soon.”
Yang seems to be doing the right thing or doubling down (depending on how you look at it) because even when Gillis called him a “Jew ch**k” on a podcast he recorded in May, Yang responded in a string of tweets saying, “Shane – I prefer comedy that makes people think and doesnt take cheap shots. But Im happy to sit down and talk with you if youd like.”
He added, “For the record, I do not think he should lose his job. We would benefit from being more forgiving rather than punitive. We are all human.” Yang went on to say the obvious in that racial slurs are “extraordinarily hurtful” and said he listened to Gilliss work and does not see him as “malignant or evil.” Yang remarked, “He strikes me as a still-forming comedian from central Pennsylvania who made some terrible and insensitive jokes and comments.”
Gillis served up an apology after audio clips of him saying racial slurs came to light almost immediately after he was cast as a featured player on SNL alongside Chloe Fineman and Bowen Yang, who is Asian American. The apology, which stated, “Im happy to apologize to anyone whos actually offended by anything Ive said” did not go over well with many, specifically the Asian American community — except for Andrew Yang.
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