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SNL comedian Nimesh Patel booted off stage for jokes about black gay people

SNL comedian Nimesh Patel booted off stage for jokes about black gay people

SNL comedian Nimesh Patel kicked off stage

Former Saturday Night Live comedian Nimesh Patel was booted off stage after allegedly making ‘offensive jokes’.

Patel, who was the first Asian-American comedian to appear on SNL, was invited to perform a set at Columbia University for an event called cultureSHOCK. The event celebrates Asian and Pacific Islander culture.

However, Patel fell into hot water after he made a joke about being gay and black, according to PJ Media.

The comedian riffed on how being a gay black man isn’t a choice, because ‘no one looks in the mirror and thinks, “this black thing is too easy, let me just add another thing to it.”‘

According to the news source, the crowd of students didn’t boo or shout. However, no one was laughing.

Then halfway through the skit, organizers jumped on stage and took the mic from the comedian. They asked him to wrap up his set. Meanwhile, he allegedly said he was exposing the students to ideas ‘in the real world’.

‘Unproductive in this space’

One student told PJ: ‘Although [my friends and I] weren’t laughing at the jokes, we were all surprised when he got kicked off. None of us were thinking: “god this is so bad someone should get rid of him”.

‘I was very surprised. Either that means I’m not as sensitive as I should be, or the whole thing was just dramatic.’

A student writer for the Columbia Spectator claimed that when people reacted negatively to his jokes, he replied: ‘Well, I’m already paid.’

In a statement released on their Facebook, the Columbia University Asian American Alliance said: ‘His remarks did not align with the mission and message of the Asian American Alliance and cultureSHOCK.’

They added: ‘Patel’s remarks ran counter to the inclusive spirit and integrity of cultureSHOCK and as such, the choice was made to invite him to leave. We acknowledge that discomfort and safety can coexist, however, the discomfort Patel caused was unproductive in this space.’

Official Statement Regarding cultureSHOCK 2018As an organization, we first want to acknowledge the incredible, hard…

Posted by Columbia University Asian American Alliance on Monday, 3 December 2018

The group also apologized for inviting him in the first place.

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