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Shane Gillis, Brett Kavanaugh, and the Comedy of Power

White men have always had the ability to pass off violence as ‘funny.’ Gillis’ downfall shows that audiences have stopped laughing.

A photo of Shane Gillis performing at Clusterfest 2019.
Shane Gillis performs onstage at the 2019 Clusterfest. Photo: Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images

JJust a few years ago, Shane Gillis’ actions would not have gotten him fired from Saturday Night Live. This is not to say he was not worth firing. He…

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