When Joel released a video statement after being attacked by Social Justice Warriors, he stressed the importance of everyone – especially comedians and public figures – standing up for each other. Even if you disagree with what another person says, it’s concerning that a group of people online are able to determine the fate of somebody’s career and livelihood. We never know who could be next, so we all need to stick together.
Comedian Shaun Majumder didn’t feel this way, instead opting to call Joel an idiot.
Shaun and Canadian TV show This Hour Has 22 Minutes have produced a video sketch about “Beige Power” which has been called out for being racist. While CBC thought it would be a good idea to use racial slurs and celebrate the extinction of entire races, the video was not well-received by the public. CBC had to disable comments on the YouTube video, but the dislikes still show how the majority of people are feeling.
Tweets in response to the video paint the same picture.
Regardless of opinions on the video itself, it’s comical that Majumder is now involved in such a controversy. Perhaps being the subject of public outrage will allow him to be more empathetic towards others who have gone through the same thing. Or not.
Despite the overwhelming number of dislikes on the video, Majumder defended himself on Twitter and responded to complaints by making more jokes and explaining it was all a bit. This is how it should be. Although the taxpayer funding makes this particular issue more complex, it’s great that Shaun can stand by what he feels is right, without fear of losing his job.
Oddly, when Joel did the exact same thing, defended himself and explained how the statement in question was a joke, Shaun Majumder called him an idiot. Why the hypocrisy?
While we aren’t fans of the video (tax dollar issue aside), as proponents of free speech, we remain supportive of all people who come under fire for creative works or statements that were intended as jokes or otherwise. We’d be hypocrites ourselves if we were to join in on the bashing. Shaun clearly doesn’t need support from our lowly podcast, but we will provide it anyway, despite his lack of objectivity in doing the same.
What happened to our childhood TV idol “Slime Master” Shaun?