The art of stand-up comedy is certainly silly at times, but it is also an extremely important piece of American culture.
The suspension of disbelief that we allow ourselves while watching a comedian perform is a gateway of sorts, providing both the artist and the audience a chance to explore the First Amendment in ways that few other mediums can. It’s an honest space, and one that can bring about new avenues of thought for We The People. Just look at the work of guys like George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Dave Chappelle, and Bill Hicks. These men challenged us, and they did so on some fairly controversial subjects as well, and forced us to grow up just a little bit in our opinion of pop culture, politics, race, and religion.
But then there are the bozos, the goofs, and the shock-jockeys of the world who simply flail about onstage until such a time as they make a name for themselves.
It appears as though this was the modus operandi for Shane Gillis – but it has backfired.
In addition to the jokes about President Trump, the 31-year-old comic addressed the backlash he’s received since his joke came to light.
“It’s been weird,” Gillis said during his 10-minute set at The Stand NYC comedy club in New York City on Wednesday night (via USA Today). “Twitter, obviously, has been nuts. You try to stay off it when the whole country hates you. That’s not a fun feeling.”
The joke itself was considered to be in poor taste by many who witnessed it.
“I don’t want you to think I’m too pro-Trump,” Gillis shared. “I will say this: Of all the presidents I’ve been alive for, Trump would definitely be the funniest one to see get shot. Like, without a doubt, that’d be funny. I’m not asking for that; I don’t want that to happen, but it would be funny to see. He’d be on stage talking (expletive), the shooter would be coming at him, and he’d be like, ‘Sit down.’ He’d definitely make a funny noise when he got hit. … It would be funny.”
This is just the latest in a long series of celebrity dog whistles, aimed at invigorating the radical left.
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