Shane Gillis Faces Potential Backlash for 'The Floor' Parody

SNL's Shane Gillis faces unexpected challenge in quiz segment

by Zain ul Abedin
Shane Gillis Faces Potential Backlash for 'The Floor' Parody
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Shane Gillis, once embroiled in controversy for making racially charged remarks, has once again sparked discussion with his latest appearance on the well-known Saturday Night Live segment, 'The Floor' This segment, a brainchild of the SNL team, cleverly combines entertainment with a quiz-show format, testing celebrities on their general knowledge in a light-hearted setting.

The comedian, who had a brief stint on SNL in 2019 before being dismissed for insensitive comments, found himself in the spotlight during a recent airing of 'The Floor' Hosted by Rob Lowe, this innovative game show pits contestants against each other in a battle of wits.

Gillis, who initially impressed the audience by correctly identifying a glass of orange juice, soon faced difficulties when the challenge shifted to recognizing famous personalities.

Gillis's Recognition Gaffe

In a surprising turn of events, Gillis struggled to name iconic figures such as Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr., Maya Angelou, Colin Powell, Aretha Franklin, Stephen Curry, and even Oprah Winfrey.

His inability to recognize these prominent individuals, who have significantly shaped American history and culture, raised eyebrows among viewers. The audience was particularly taken aback when Gillis quickly identified Cleveland Brown, a character from the animated series Family Guy, a moment that left fellow contestant Heidi Gardner's character, Susan, bewildered.

Gardner's character humorously questioned if Cleveland was a historical figure, to which Lowe jokingly responded, affirming the fictional character's significance in television history. These moments on 'The Floor' have reignited discussions about Gillis's past controversies.

In 2019, he faced severe backlash and subsequent dismissal from SNL after a clip from his podcast, where he used an anti-Asian slur, surfaced on social media platforms, notably X (formerly known as Twitter). Further scrutiny revealed more videos of him using offensive language, intensifying the criticism.

Social media reactions to Gillis's latest SNL appearance have been mixed, with some viewers expressing their disbelief at his lack of recognition for such pivotal figures in American history. One user pointed out the irony of a non-American knowing more about these personalities than an American-born individual. Others have called for fresher content on SNL, suggesting it's time for new comedic talent to take the stage.