Andrew Yang is not happy, but he’s not holding a grudge either.
Word came out Friday night that new “Saturday Night Live” performer Shane Gillis, already in hot water for other remarks about Asians, had taken cheap shots at Yang, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.
Vice reported that during a May 2019 episode of Real Ass Podcast, hosted by comedians Luis J. Gomez and Zac Amico, Gillis referred to Yang as a “Jew ch--k” several times, and also used exaggerated Chinese accents.
But Yang, whose parents came to the United States from Taiwan, kept it classy in his response Saturday.
He tweeted that he prefers “comedy that makes people think and doesn’t take cheap shots. But I’m happy to sit down and talk with you if you’d like,” he wrote.
And for the record — and to show he holds no grudges — Yang added in a subsequent tweet: “I do not think he should lose his job. We would benefit from being more forgiving rather than punitive. We are all human."
For the record, I do not think he should lose his job. We would benefit from being more forgiving rather than punitive. We are all human.
Yang has gotten plenty of online attention for not wearing a tie on the first Democratic debate, and for announcing he’d use his campaign funds to distribute a “freedom dividend” of $1,000 a month to 10 people next year. His mangnanimous tweets on Saturday earned him even more retweets, and thumbs-up icons.
The week has been a roller coaster for the 31-year-old Gillis. On Thursday, the unearthing of the bile he spewed in 2018 eclipsed the celebratory mood surrounding the announcement of the new cast for the 45th season of the iconic NBC show, which will now feature its first Asian cast member, Bowen Yang.
Shortly after the 2019 cast was revealed, videos of Gillis making derogatory comments about Asian people and homosexuals surfaced online, stirring up an intense backlash that prompted a response from the New York-based comedian, who wrote that he “pushes boundaries,” though admitting that sometimes he misses the mark.
“I’m happy to apologize to anyone who’s actually offended by anything I’ve said,” he wrote.
Then came the reports of the comments directed at Yang, who took the high road.