Video Surfaces of New SNL Cast Member Shane Gillis Making Racist Jokes

Video Surfaces of New SNL Cast Member Shane Gillis Making Racist Jokes

Saturday Night Live announced the addition of three new cast members on Thursday.

"Chinatown's f-ing nuts", Gillis says in the video, which Simons wrote is from a YouTube channel called Matt and Shane's Secret Podcast. Gillis and McCusker also use racist pronunciations such as "dericious" and "nooders", and go on about the "f-king hassle" of communicating their menu orders to Chinese waiters.

The video surfaced on the same day that the venerable NBC sketch show drew praise for its casting of gay Asian American comedian Bowen Yang. Outside of Studio 8H, he co-hosts the "Las Culturistas" podcast, and has earned fans through oddball videos featuring him expertly lip-syncing dialogue from movies and viral videos.

Gillis can also be heard throughout the video mocking the very word "Chinese" by referring to the ethnicity and people as "Chi-nee".

Gillis has a history of making offensive remarks, as pointed out by Vulture.

Shane Gillis performs onstage at the 2019 Clusterfest in San Francisco, California on June 21, 2019. I'm happy to apologize to anyone who's actually offended by anything I've said. Former players Fred Armisen and Rob Schneider both are one-quarter Asian, but neither has been widely recognized for their Asian ancestry.

A few hours later, Gillis' response - which stopped well short of being an actual apology - and defended his use of racist tropes as "a comedian who pushes boundaries".

'My intention is never to hurt anyone but I am trying to be the best comedian I can be and sometimes that requires risks'.

NYU graduate Yang appeared on the show opposite host Sandra Oh last series as North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.

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