Columbia students shut down a Saturday Night Live (SNL) writer’s standup routine after the comedian made “racist and homophobic” jokes.
SNL comedian and writer Nimesh Patel was performing a stand-up routine at Columbia University when students pulled him from the stage for what some called racist and homophobic jokes, according to the Columbia Spectator.
Columbia’s Asian American Alliance (AAA) had invited Patel to perform as part of the student group’s “cultureSHOCK: Reclaim” event, which sought to emphasize “a diversity of Asian American artistic expression” and eliminate stereotypes concerning the demographic, according to the AAA Facebook event. The event typically involves a dinner, fashion show, and artistic performances by students and outside guests, such as Patel.
“No one looks in the mirror and thinks, ‘This black thing is too easy, let me just add another thing to it,’” Patel, SNL’s first Indian-American writer, said. AAA event organizers cut his performance short, after deeming the joke to be inappropriate, according to the Spectator.
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The organizers quickly denounced his comments relating specifically to sexuality and race and proceeded to allow Patel to give closing remarks, during which the comedian explained that while he stands in solidarity with minority groups, he believes that none of his remarks were offensive. As he continued to explain that his set is meant to expose real-world phenomena, event organizers cut his mic and signaled his exit.
Audience reactions to the incident were mixed. One student said he was in favor of the AAA’s decision to interrupt the performance, which he claimed conflicted with the sensitive nature of the event, the Columbia Spectator reported.
Elle Ferguson, another Columbia student, stated that she didn’t think the comments were offensive at all, especially when compared with what is typical of stand-up comedians.
“While what some of the things that he said might have been a bit provoking to some of the audience, as someone who watches comedy a lot, none of them were jokes that I hadn’t heard before and none of them we
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