Shane Gillis’ Racist Material Isn’t ‘Pushing Boundaries’ — It’s Boring (Column)

  • Variety
Shane Gillis’ Racist Material Isn’t ‘Pushing Boundaries’ — It’s Boring (Column)
It only took a few hours after “Saturday Night Live” announced its new cast members for one of them to come under fire. As per his own podcast and YouTube videos, new hire Sean Gillis has a history of cracking racist “jokes” about minorities that are so astonishingly nasty that I won’t repeat them here. When this came to light, fans of Gillis’ podcast as well as some frustrated comedians immediately claimed that the scrutiny was unfair, which makes no sense. His becoming a part of “Saturday Night Live,” one of the most prestigious and powerful comedy gigs in television, would put him at a whole new level of visibility. Whether Gillis likes it or not, his potentially extreme elevation within the industry makes him fair game for renewed interest — and his material is so full of such basic racism and sexism that there’s frankly no way he
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