We are raising a generation of miserable, humorless toddlers.
Next year, maybe for entertainment at their event, they could have Barney & Friends perform.
Former Saturday Night Live writer Nimesh Patel was booted from a Columbia University stage on Friday night after attendees were offended by some of the jokes in his set.
Patel, a former Emmy-nominated writer whose career accomplishments include becoming SNL’s first Indian-American writer and an appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” was performing at cultureSHOCK: Reclaim, a Columbia Asian American Alliance event, according to the Columbia Spectator.
The Spectator reported:
During the event, Patel’s performance featured commentary on his experience living in a diverse area of New York City—including a joke about a gay, black man in his neighborhood—which AAA officials deemed inappropriate. Patel joked that being gay cannot 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.’”
About 30 minutes into Patel’s set, members of AAA interrupted the performance, denounced his jokes about racial identities and sexual orientation, and provided him with a few moments for closing remarks….
Although Patel responded to officials by stating that his comedy exposed the audience to ideas found “in the real world,” his microphone was cut and he had no choice but to leave….
“I really dislike when people who are older say that our generation needs to be exposed to the real world,” said student Sofia Jao. “Obviously the world is not a safe space but just accepting that it’s not and continuing to perpetuate the un-safeness of it … is saying that it can’t be changed. When older generations say you need to stop being so sensitive, it’s like undermining what our generation is trying to do in accepting others and making it safer.”
UPDATE: Columbia University Students Apologize…For Inviting SNL Comedian to Campus
The executive board of the Columbia University Asian American Association (AAA) has issued a lengthy apology to atone for inviting SNL comedian Nimesh Patel to perform at their annual charity dinner this past Saturday.
As PJ Media reported, Patel was the headline act at this year’s cultureSHOCK, which saw more than 400 students in audience. But after Patel made “offensive” jokes, AAA emcees jumped on stage to denounce him and eventually cut his mic and kicked him off stage.
“Although [my friends and I] weren’t laughing at the jokes, we were all surprised when he got kicked off. None of us were thinking: ‘god this is so bad someone should get rid of him,'” Barnard College student Elle Ferguson told PJ Media….
Patel’s remarks ran counter to the inclusive spirit and integrity of cultureSHOCK and as such, the choice was made to invite him to leave,” they wrote. (To clarify: the AAA did not “invite” Patel to leave, but rather demanded him to then cut his mic.)
“That being said, we deeply apologize for inviting him in the first place and bringing these comments into a space for inclusion and acceptance,” they wrote, stressing that “we apologize for the hurt his words caused members of the community” (emphasis added)….
Student columnist Liberty Martin offered a justification for the AAA’s actions.
“Patel’s mic wasn’t just cut off because he told offensive jokes to a sensitive, snowflake audience, which is the narrative that I see being talked about. He was booted off the stage because he sucked the energy out of an entire auditorium,” wrote Martin.
“Patel deserved to get booted off because I was irritated by his performance,” she added.
View Patel’s appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” here.