SNL guest host Bill Burr did a monologue that, as they say in the world of stand-up, BOMED. Big time.
He started by complaining about cancel culture and then proceeded to get himself cancelled with a tired straight white male observation.
Burr said he had never heard of Pride Month,
“I was in New York last year, shooting a movie… and I hadn’t been here in like 13 years.
I immediately noticed how extra crowded the city was, so I walked up to this New York door guy and was like, ‘What’s with all these people here?’
“‘Don’t worry,’ he goes, ‘it’s June, it’s Pride Month.’
“I’m like, ‘What’s that? I’m 52, I’ve never heard of it’. He goes, ‘It’s gay Pride Month’, and I was just like, ‘Ohhh, it’s gay Pride Month! Tank tops, zero per cent body fat, two guys kissing, rainbow flags’.”
The month of June is gay Pride Month… that’s a little long, don’t you think, for a group of people that were never enslaved?
How did they get all of June? Black people were actually enslaved and they get February, they get 28 days of overcast weather.”
Of course, people were offended. (Myself, I cringed watching it the next day… thinking, that’s not going to go over well.)
It didn’t. One Twitter user wrote:
“I have loved SNL for my entire life, but I’m just so incredibly disappointed by Bill Burr’s monologue.
The questioning the value of Pride month coming from a straight white man? Pretty homophobic. Comparing oppression between minorities? Dumb. Since when was it a competition?
The LGBTQ community like every other organized annual gathering, got robbed of Pride this year, one of the only true communal events we get.
“My hot take is I’d never even heard of Bill Burr before tonight, but since I now know he’s still doing casual homophobic jokes in 2020, I can see why I’ve never come across his stuff before.”
One user said,
“Bill Burr makes comedy for contrarian white boys who think they’re making smart commentary on the world when they’re just homophobic.”
Watch. (Or not)
Pete Davidson’s rant against J.K. Rowling’s recent transphobic comments didn’t exactly balance Burr’s homophobic humor, but it was funny and totally on point.
“What’s wrong with her?
She creates a seven-book fantasy series about all types of mythical creatures living in harmony with wizards and elves and the one thing she can’t wrap her head around is Laverne Cox? She’s a national treasure!”