‘Saturday Night Live’ cast member’s ethnic slurs expose show’s race problem


“Saturday Night Live” remained silent Friday after the growing furor that one of its newest cast members has a history of racist and homophobic remarks.

The controversial comments — made by standup comedian Shane Gillis in a podcast video uploaded a year ago — surfaced Thursday on social media, just hours after “SNL” announced his hiring, and led some fans to demand the long-running sketch comedy show drop him ahead of the new season.

But whether the outcry is enough to make “SNL” reverse course has only highlighted criticism of the show’s lack of diversity and opened up a wider discussion on the ever-evolving boundaries of what makes for acceptable comedy.

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