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Comedians to Shane Gillis: Your racism and homophobia isn’t cute or groundbreaking

Saturday Night Live made history last week when the show announced it had hired it’s first gay Asian cast member, Bowen Yang.

But then it completely undid all the progress it had just made by announcing Shane Gillis, who has a long history of using slurs against Asian people and gay people (and other minority groups) in his act, was also hired.

After footage of Gillis calling Chinese people “f*cking ch*nks” and speaking in a stereotypical Asian accent, and bashing “white f*ggot comics” who are “f*cking gayer than ISIS” surfaced online, Gillis put out a statement saying those remarks weren’t meant to be taken seriously.

“I’m a comedian who pushes boundaries,” Gillis said in a statement posted to social media. “I sometimes miss. I’m happy to apologize to anyone who’s actually offended by anything I’ve said.”

But many professional comedians aren’t interested in hearing Gillis apologize…

Even Andrew Yang, who is currently running for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president and who Gillis once called a “Jew ch*nk,” got involved, telling him he’d be happy to sit down and explain to him why being racist isn’t funny.

SNL has yet to issue any comment about the controversy. The show’s 45th season kicks off September 28.

Related: Gay comic Bowen Yang joins SNL