Andrew Yang offers to meet fresh cast member of the “Saturday Night Live” Shane Gillis about his use of racist Asian jokes — including one targeting the Democratic presidential candidate— and argues that the actor should not be cut off from the show.
“I prefer comedy for individuals to believe and not take inexpensive shots. But I’m pleased to sit down and speak to you if you like, “he wrote in a Saturday tweet responding to a Gillis post announced as one of the recent additions to the program previously this week.
Yang, who is Asian, added that he should be shown forgiveness instead of penalizing Gillis by shooting him.
“I don’t believe he ought to lose his work for the record,” he said. “We’d profit from being more forgiving than punitive. We’re all human. “I don’t believe he should lose his work for the record. We’d profit from being more forgiving than punitive. All of us are human.
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.
— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) September 14, 2019
Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) September 14, 2019 On Thursday, just after news broke that Gillis would be SNL’s regular freelance comedy journalist Seth Simmons tweeted footage of a 2018 podcast interview in which Gillis utilizes slur “chinks” to portray Chinese individuals and mock their speech.
Hours after the video appeared online, drawing backlash, Gillis released a nonapology in which he failed to recognize unambiguously that his comments were offensive.
“I’m a comedian pushing limits,” he said. “I sometimes miss.” Continuing, Gillis said he’s “pleased to apologize to anyone who’s genuinely offended by anything I’ve said.” “My purpose is never to hurt anyone but I’m attempting to be the greatest comedian I can be and sometimes it takes risks.” On Friday, Vice reported that Gillis used the slur again while targeting Yang on the podcast released in May, calling the applicant a “Jew Chi.”