Columbia University students kick SNL comedian Nimesh Patel off stage for making unsafe jokes, organizers apologize for "the hurt his words caused members of the community." https://t.co/XZKYlbEpMN— reason (@reason) December 4, 2018
Nimesh Patel, a comedian and writer for Saturday Night Live, was yanked from the stage in the midst of his routine at Columbia University, after students decided his material was homophobic, racist, and making them feel unsafe.
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 the 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.'"
Patel made it 30 minutes before organizers cut off the routine.
Patel pushed back on the officials' remarks, and said that while he stood in solidarity with Asian American identities, none of his remarks were offensive, and he was exposing the audience to ideas that would be found "in the real world." Before he could finish, Patel's microphone was cut from off-stage, and he proceeded to leave.
The officials condemned Patel's remarks, which "ran counter to the inclusive spirit and integrity of CultureSHOCK." They apologized for inviting Patel, and for "the hurt his words caused members of the community."