Emmy Award nominee Nimesh Patel, the first Indian-American writer for Saturday Night Live, was booted off the stage at Columbia College after making what school officials said were “homophobic” and “racist” jokes.
Patel, who has in the past opened for comedian Chris Rock, was once hailed as a ceiling breaking comedian by becoming the first person of Indian heritage to work for the long-running late night comedy show. But apparently his minority status wasn’t enough to shield him from the snowflakes at the college.
CultureSHOCK, the event Patel was performing at, was meant to highlight “diversity” and serve as a showcase for Asian American performers.
According to Fox News:
“CultureSHOCK” is annual charity event hosted by AAA. According to its Facebook page, the event aims to provide “a platform for a diversity of Asian American artistic expression, but it also seeks to break through the stereotypes and challenges that our community faces.”
But Patel’s joke set apparently did not sit well:
During Patel’s set, the 32-year-old comedian joked that being a gay, black man can’t be a choice because, “no one looks in the mirror and thinks, ‘this black thing is too easy, let me just add another thing to it,’” the report said.
Halfway through the set, AAA members reportedly jumped on stage, stole Patel’s mic, and asked him to wrap it up. Patel denounced the move, telling the audience he was discussing things “in the real world,” but the coordinators cut his mic before he could finish.
But some students felt that Patel’s topics did not fit with the “diversity” theme.
“While what some of the things that he said might have been a bit provoking to some of the audience, as someone who watches comedy a lot, none of them were jokes that I hadn’t heard before and none of them were jokes that elicited such a response in my experience,”student Elle Ferguson said.
Looks like being a good little liberal doesn’t always shield you from your own side, huh?
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