Robin Abcarian: What exactly did 'SNL' prove by inviting Shane Gillis back as host?

Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times on

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This is why I find Dave Chappelle's routines about trans people so cringey. Turning people who are routinely subject to abuse and violence into the butt of jokes turns me off.

And yet, I also think Netflix was perfectly within its rights in 2021 to tell employees who walked out over Chappelle's special "The Closer" that if they didn't like the programming, "Netflix may not be the best place for you."

I thought Gillis was pretty good in the episode's sketches. But given his lackluster monologue, his appearance was essentially a gimmick that flopped. Redemption? Not really.

"I probably shouldn't be up here, honestly," said Gillis.

No quarrel there.



(Robin Abcarian is an opinion columnist at the Los Angeles Times.)


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