‘Don’t look that up’: Shane Gillis uses forbidden words in ‘Saturday Night Live’ return as woke culture loses its grip

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Comedian Shane Gillis made his triumphant return to “Saturday Night Live,” marking a victory for the comic who was once fired from the iconic sketch comedy show.

Gillis, who was fired from SNL in 2019, returned to the live comedy show and pushed the envelope with a politically-incorrect monologue that would have been seemingly unusable in recent years without a public apology.

The stand-up comedian started his night by begging viewers and audience members not to look up the reason why he was fired from the network show.

“Most of you probably have no idea who I am. I was fired from this show a while ago. But… don’t look that up. Please. If you don’t know who I am, please don’t Google that. It’s fine. Don’t even worry about it,” he joked.

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It wasn’t long, however, before Gillis pushed the same boundaries that got him axed. Gillis reflected on his family and joked about how little boys are often their mother’s best friend when they are young.

“Do you remember that? When you were a little boy and you loved your mom and thought she was the coolest– you remember when you were gay? You remember when you were just a gay little boy?”

Gillis also told jokes about how he has many people with Down syndrome in his family. He then used the word “retarded” in a joke about how it would be a great moment for the country if three black children defended his young niece (who has Down syndrome) after she was insulted by a white child.

“I hope I can say those words on TV,” Gillis continued. “It’s really well lit in here and I can see you guys not enjoying it,” he added after some awkward moments. Apart from some of the SNL band members during the monologue, Gillis’ jokes were actually very well received.

The Pennsylvania native has enjoyed success since SNL dropped him just four days after his hiring over allegedly racist jokes. Gillis ruffled feathers after he made fun of Chinese food and imitated a Chinese accent on a podcast.

He has since produced very popular sketches for his YouTube channel, appeared on a variety of top-performing podcasts (including Joe Rogan’s), and even landed himself a partnership deal with Bud Light.

Other sketches during Gillis’ return to SNL featured a commercial with a gun-toting, insurance agent ostrich, as well as a performance as his ultra-popular alter ego Donald Trump.

The sketch had Gillis in a fake movie trailer that poked fun at Trump’s recent release of exclusive sneakers. After showing him performing poorly at basketball, Gillis puts on the sneakers and begins to embody the former president. The sneakers do not improve his basketball skills however. Rather, they improve his ability to force people into believing what he says.

With “Saturday Night Live” and NBC acquiescing to Gillis’ style of comedy, woke entertainment has taken another beating at the hands of viewers who want to be the ones who decide what is appropriate for consumption.

While some outlets called his jokes a “giant miss” or claimed that he bombed, cries of comedic bigotry have become less prevalent and easier to ignore. In fact, it is clear that those who are willing to say the unspoken words or have the forbidden conversations are enjoying more success.

Whether its Tony Hinchcliffe’s uncensored, live comedy podcast “Kill Tony” which enjoys over one million views per episode, or Bill Maher‘s “Club Random,” simply exchanging unfiltered thoughts has become a very popular — and often lucrative — non-partisan medium.

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