New York’s Columbia University is now throwing award-winning comedians off stage for making “unsafe jokes.” In particular, Columbia’s Asian American Alliance (AAA) is labeling Nimesh Patel, who is Indian-American, as a racist.
The AAA invited Patel to perform at its cultureSHOCK: Reclaim charity event, The Columbia Spectator reports. Nevertheless, AAA organizers decided that Patel tells unsafe jokes and they told him to get off the stage in mid-act.
Significantly, the AAA leaders reportedly think jokes like “no one looks in the mirror and thinks, this black thing is too easy, let me just add another thing to it” are not safe for students. As a result, they now consider any quips that attack racism to be unsafe jokes.
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Furthermore, the AAA allegedly cut off Patel in mid-routine. The Spectator claims that AAA officials would not let Patel complete his unsafe joke performance.
Moreover, cultureSHOCK: Reclaim is supposedly a “showcase of Asian American culture.” Yet, only the AAA allows what it defines as Asian-American culture at the event. Consequently, a successful Asian-American comic is not welcome at a showcase for Asian-American culture.
Patel is apparently offending students by refusing to promote their political beliefs, The Spectator states. For this reason, any comedian who appears at AAA events needs to be politically correct.
“The message they were trying to send with the event was opposite to the jokes he was making, and using people’s ethnicity as the crux of his jokes could be funny but still offensive,” student Adam Warren exclaims.
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On the other hand, Sofia Jao, who was an audience member, thinks Patel’s age is the problem rather than political correctness or unsafe jokes.
“When older generations say you need to stop being so sensitive, it’s like undermining what our generation is trying to do in accepting others and making it safer,” Jao complains.
Notably, Patel is 32-years old, so he is just a decade older than the students. Patel himself asserts that he is trying to expose students to the “real world.”