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Nimesh Patel getting kicked off the stage at Columbia

- Washington Examiner's Eddie Scarry says "nearly the entire room" cheered. The audience is applauding him... Very misleading. - Got a "privacy complaint from an individual regarding your content" with "The information reported as violating privacy is at 0_00-5_26". I trimmed the ending so that any names would be gone. Video got reported again for "violating privacy is at 0_00-4_44". Someone really wants this video censored haha. - If you dislike the content of the video, but like the fact that this video exists, vote thumbs up, not thumbs down. On Friday 11/30/18, I attended an event at Columbia hosted by the Asian American Alliance (AAA) called Cultureshock [ ]. The guest speaker was Nimesh Patel, a comedian who is the first Indian American writer for SNL. Patel was the final act of the night. He gave a stand-up comedy routine that focused on race and other sensitive issues. His performance was essentially this Youtube video of him performing on Seth Meyers [ ] but in real-life – most of the jokes in the video were recycled during the live act. I was laughing hysterically, as were many people, when suddenly, during the middle of his routine, the three stooges from AAA appeared on stage out of nowhere and told him that there was a change of plans and that he had to stop. At first, everyone was confused, and it only became completely clear to me what was going on after the girl said that the tech had a dance marathon and I started recording shortly before this. There were people who were offended by the jokes, and people who were counter-offended that Nimesh was stopped. I personally didn't think any of his material was that offensive. It should have been obvious what his jokes were going to be, and as I said, the act was basically the Youtube video in real-life. There was only one joke that got muffled laughs: how black people do not choose to be gay because that is a double jeopardy (this joke is a common joke). Aside from this, every other joke he told got a laugh from the audience. Some examples of his jokes: - Crazy Rich Asians… No Black people in the Oscars, how about no Asian people in the Oscars… Instead of 12 Years a Slave they could have made 12 Years a Medical Student or 12 Years a Liquor Store Cashier - Things that played off of Asian stereotypes (med-school, strict high-standards parents, needing to work for parents, etc…) - Recycled material from his Youtube videos - The non-VIP section sitting in the back was the student loan section - People who smoke Juuls are smoking USB ports - He came from a ghetto part of New Jersey and made jokes about it - He has a voice that sounds like Lebron James because he grew up around black people - Interacted with audience. Asked audience member her background. She was psychology or pre-med or writing. Made jokes about this. Another audience member was from a ghetto part of New Jersey. Related it to his own ghetto background. Used the audience interaction to transition between jokes. - The black and gay joke was told about 15 minutes in. After his black and gay joke, he realized he told a dud and said the room got tense and transitioned into trashing white people and Republicans. Mike Pence hates gays because he is gay. Some white people think “The South will rise!”. Said that the audience was giving him a Democratic vibe. By kicking Patel off the stage, the organizers had the counter-intuitive effect of making the entire audience feel uncomfortable. At first, I was so stunned that I didn’t really know what to think. In the video, you can see that at least the people around me were stunned. I overheard a lot of people saying things like it wasn’t even that bad or that was so rude. I found it greatly disrespectful to invite a guest to headline a show, and then tell him to leave right in the middle of his act (again, the act was similar to what was already on Youtube). After Patel got kicked off, I felt censored even though I wasn’t the person speaking because I found the jokes funny and harmless. That was the most uncomfortable, awkward I've ever felt at a Columbia event, and the only time I’ve felt that way.
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