Shane Gillis got fired from SNL and the internet responded accordingly (Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic/Getty)
People on Twitter weren’t impressed by the response from comedian Shane Gillis after he was fired from Saturday Night Live for ‘racist, homophobic’ comments.
Gillis, 31, made the offensive comments in a 2018 episode of his podcast, Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast. He tried to remove the episode but it emerged in a YouTube video shortly after SNL announced him as their new hire.
Among many offensive slurs, Gillis and his co-host called male comedians who discuss mental health “white faggot comics” and “f***ing gayer than Isis”, sexualised transgender people and called trans sex workers “ladyboys”, and imitate the accents of Chinese immigrants, who they describe as “f***ing c***ks”.
There was a huge social media backlash and SNL dropped him from their show after less than a week. In response, Gillis posted to Twitter saying it feels “ridiculous” that he has to make a public statement.
“I’m a comedian who was funny enough to get on SNL. That can’t be taken away,” he wrote – even though the position literally was taken away from him.
— Shane Gillis (@Shanemgillis) September 16, 2019
He continued: “Of course I wanted an opportunity to prove myself at SNL, but I understand it would be too much of a distraction. I respect the decision they made. I’m honestly grateful for the opportunity.
“I was always a mad TV guy anyway.”
But Twitter users quickly jumped in to ensure Gillis couldn’t put a positive spin on it.
You didn’t “get” SNL. Your name will never be on the opening credits, it will never be listed as a writer, your photo will never hang at 30Rock.
You are just a homophobic, misogynistic, racist who will be forgotten. Hope the door hits you on the way out.
— Yolanda Machado (@SassyMamainLA) September 16, 2019
I am never one to celebrate or take joy over the misfortune of others, but Shane Gillis refused to show remorse for what was very evidently hate speech.
I’m glad @nbcSNL acted with authority and moral fibre.
— Simu Liu (@SimuLiu) September 17, 2019
“That can’t be taken away.” It literally just was, dumbass. Time to fade into obscurity.
— Adam Ellis (ಥ﹏ಥ) (@moby_dickhead) September 16, 2019
He sounds like the type of guy who says things like “I didn’t really want to date you anyways” to women after they reject him.
— McBilly Sy (@McBilly) September 17, 2019
Just to be clear, Shane Gillis was fired because he couldn’t be bothered to even appear sincere while apologizing for using racial slurs, not just the slurs themselves.
Stop crying about cancel culture, he was give a chance and he blew it.
— Frankie Huang 🍉 (@ourobororoboruo) September 17, 2019
I mean they canceled straws. Shane Gillis didn’t have a chance.
— JohnMoses (@JohnMoses) September 17, 2019
— Racism WatchDog 🏳️🌈 (@RacismDog) September 16, 2019
You might think Gillis would decide to keep a low profile for a while, but the disgraced comic made his first stand-up appearance since the controversy on Wednesday, September 18.
Performing at New York comedy club the Stand, he directly addressed the SNL drama but appeared completely unapologetic.
“Everybody’s been like, you can’t say sh*t and not expect consequences,” he said while wearing a Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast hoodie.
“I’m fine with the consequences. I’m not arguing. F*ck it. But I do want everyone to know that I’ve been reading every one of my death threats in an Asian accent.”