Bowen Yang makes history as first Chinese American man nominated for Emmy for a supporting actor role
Bowen Yang makes history as the first Chinese American man and first “Saturday Night Live” member to be nominated for an Emmy as a supporting actor, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The nomination: Yang, a comedian on “Saturday Night Live” (SNL), received news that he was an Emmy nominee in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series category.
Comedian Bowen Yang is set to receive an award from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) for his contribution to the visibility of the LGBTQ community both on and off the screen.
The Brooklyn-based writer and actor, who became a regular cast member on “Saturday Night Live” last year, will be given the Visibility Award at the HRC’s 25th annual North Carolina Dinner on February 22.
Like many LGBTQIA+ Asians raised in a conservative household, Bowen Yang — the first Chinese American and third openly gay male cast member of “Saturday Night Live” — has struggled to come out to his parents.
In a recent interview with The New York Times, the 29-year-old comedian shared sensitive memories from his teenage years, such as submitting himself to conversion therapy to appease his family.
After days with no comment, NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” has announced that new cast member Shane Gillis has been fired for recent racist, sexist, and homophobic comments made in 2018 and this year.
A spokesperson for “SNL” said on behalf of Lorne Michaels in a statement on Monday, according to Variety:
Andrew Yang has waded into the hot waters comedian Shane Gillis found himself in after making racist remarks about Chinese people in newly-unearthed video clips.
Gillis, who was announced as one of three new cast members for the 45th season of “Saturday Night Live,” referred to Chinese people as “f***ing c***ks,” mocked Chinese restaurants and declared “I love to be f***ing racist” in a September 2018 podcast with Matt McCusker.
Comedian Shane Gillis has issued a statement after generating backlash from a YouTube video of him calling Chinese people “chinks” along with many other derogatory remarks about Chinese culture.
Gillis’ racial slurs came back to haunt him immediately after he was announced as a new cast member for the upcoming season of New Saturday Night Live, alongside writer and comedian Bowen Yang, the show’s first fully East Asian cast member.
On Thursday, the internet rejoiced with news that “Saturday Night Live” was adding three additional cast members, most notably Bowen Yang, the first fully East Asian American cast member.
Yang became the fourth cast member of Asian descent following Rob Schneider, Fred Armisen, and Nasim Pedrad (who hails from Iran which is considered Western Asia).
Writer and comedian Bowen Yang is joining the cast of “Saturday Night Live” for its upcoming 45th season, making him the show’s first full-time fully East Asian cast member.
Nimesh Patel, a former writer for “Saturday Night Live,” was booted from a stand-up routine at Columbia University after cracking a joke about gay Black men.
The incident occurred on Friday night at “cultureSHOCK: Reclaim,” an annual showcase organized by the university’s Asian American Alliance (AAA).
After making history as the second Asian-American woman to host “Saturday Night Live,” Awkwafina received the most awesome response from her “idol” Lucy Liu for her heartwarming tribute.
Liu, who made history as the first-ever Asian-American woman to host “SNL” back in 2000, responded to the 29-year-old comedian and rapper’s amazing shoutout during her opening monologue on October 6, Huffington Post reported.
With the blockbuster success of both of her recent films “Ocean’s 8” and “Crazy Rich Asians,” it is clear that rapper/actress Awkwafina is having a fantastic year.
The 29-year-old New Yorker will also be marking 2018 with another milestone in her career by hosting “Saturday Night Live” next week.