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Yang Has Non-Fighting Words for SNL Cast Member's Racism

Shane Gillis had called presidential candidate a 'Jew chi---'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2019 6:42 AM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang gives his closing statement Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, during a primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

(Newser) Saturday Night Live's newest cast member might have referred to an Asian-American presidential candidate as a "Jew ch---," but Andrew Yang is giving peace a chance, reports People. After Shane Gillis tweeted that "My intention is never to hurt anyone," but sometimes comedy "requires risks," Yang responded that "I prefer 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 also defended Gillis, who has been criticized for racist and homophobic statements in his comedy, saying that "I do not think he should lose his job. We would benefit from being more forgiving rather than punitive. We are all human." (Read more Shane Gillis stories.)

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