New SNL Castmember Shane Gillis Is The Worst, But Chloe Fineman Has A Crazy Celeb Fanbase
Comedy juggernaut Saturday Night Live announced the three featured players joining its 45th season yesterday afternoon, and there’s already a scandal. Less than a few hours after Shane Gillis, Bowen Yang, and Chloe Fineman were presented to the world, a September 2018 video surfaced of Shane using racial slurs during an episode of his podcast.
today SNL announced the hiring of its first cast member of East Asian descent, and also this guy pic.twitter.com/0FAGJZJUkK
— Seth Simons (@sasimons) September 12, 2019
The irony of NBC hiring some Louis C.K. wannabee who couldn’t even be arsed to apologize for making racist comments during the same season Bowen Yang became the first Asian American series regular since Fred Armisen left in 2013 wasn’t lost on the 24 hour news cycle. As the media frenzy busied itself finding more of Shane’s problematic remarks, including Vulture‘s reveal that he called Judd Apatow a homophobic slur and essentially said that white women aren’t funny, fellow SNL newbie Chloe Fineman was pushed to the fringes of the national conversation. Ironically, SNL hired a racist homophobe who doesn’t think women are funny alongside an openly gay Asian man and a hilarious white women.
While Shane was busy proving that John Paul Jones might have been right to hate on podcasts, Chloe was building one of the most star-studded followings in comedy. Seriously, just take a look at the never-ending parade of verified checkmarks in the comments of her SNL casting announcement on IG:
And these aren’t your run-of-the-mill industry platitudes. Longtime fans like Maren Morris, Camila Mendes, and Emily Ratajkowski sent their best wishes, echoing that it’s “about damn time” Chloe was cast on the late-night comedy series:
Zoe Kravitz, Jameela Jamil, and D’Arcy Carden celebrated Chloe’s big break as well, with D’Arcy noting that “nothing could make more sense” than Chloe’s SNL casting:
Other well-wishers included Busy Phillips, who said she’s been waiting for this announcement for years, Spencer Pratt, Noel Wells, Faye Dunaway, Emily Osment, and The Black Keys‘s Patrick Carney, AKA the clouted-up dinner party of our dreams.
Chloe is a masterful celebrity impressionist whose IG feed is mostly videos of herself in crazy wigs impersonating everyone from Marianne Williamson to JoJo Siwa, and we’d bet good money that she got a lot of her famous fans from her ballsy tendency to tag whoever she’s channeling in her captions.
Shane Gillis may be the latest human disaster to get canceled online, don’t let coverage of one stereotypically problematic stand-up overshadow the achievements of new castmembers from the very demographics you’re defending. SNL newbie Chloe Fineman is one to watch.