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Andrew Yang says ousted SNL cast member Shane Gillis has ‘reached out’ to him and they’ll apparently ‘be sitting down together soon’

“Saturday Night Live” has fired new cast member Shane Gillis over some decidedly off-color remarks on his podcast about minorities, including Asians. A lot of people had been calling for Gillis’ head on a platter since the comments came to light, but not Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang:
I’ve been called chink and gook any number of times in my life. It can be extraordinarily hurtful to feel like you are somehow not part of the only country you have ever known. I have certainly felt that - the churning sense of alienation, anger and marginalization.

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It’s also the case that anti-Asian racism is particularly virulent because it’s somehow considered more acceptable. If Shane had used the n word the treatment would likely be immediate and clear.

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But I took the time to watch and listen to Shane’s work. He does not strike me as malignant or evil. He strikes me as a still-forming comedian from central Pennsylvania who made some terrible and insensitive jokes and comments.

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I think we have, as a society, become excessively punitive and vindictive concerning people’s statements and expressions we disagree with or find offensive. I don’t think people should be losing jobs unless it’s truly beyond the pale and egregious.

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I understand those who have another point of view on this. Obviously the folks at NBC are the real decision-makers. But if I can forgive Shane, as the guy he called a slur, I hope others can as well. I also hope Shane is open to learning. We are all human, we’re all fallible. 👍

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Yang spoke more about it on yesterday’s “State of the Union”:
Andrew Yang on 'SNL' cast member's use of racial slurs: "I've experienced a lot of anti-Asian racism throughout my upbringing. And it hurts." Yang adds that he also believes the country has become too "punitive and vindictive about remarks that people find offensive."
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And this evening, Yang tweeted this:
That’s actually … kind of awesome.
It’s pretty rare for outrages like this to turn into real opportunities for constructive discussion, so the idea of actually talking instead of biting people’s heads off is rather appealing, particularly in the current climate.

Well, let’s not get ahead of ourselves …

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