A US-born comedian has been criticized by Australians after making bizarre claims that the country is doing “nothing” and has “zero exports”.
Shane Gillis, 35, references Australia in his new stand-up special Beautiful Dogs, which is currently streaming on Netflix.
In a viral clip shared on Netflix’s Is A Joke social media pages promoting the special, the comedian explains why Australia is a good country and what he likes about it.
“Australia is good, Australia could be number two, that’s a good country guy,” he says.
“It’s just a whole country doing nothing.” That’s what I like about them. They’re just down there – no exports, they’re not creating, dude.”
“The only export I’ve seen from Australia is just this YouTube video of this guy slapping this kangaroo in the face,” he adds, laughing.
The light-hearted joke sparked fury among patriotic Australians in the comments and shared the skit on Instagram.
One user ranted “Australia could be number 2” – Pretty daring from someone living in a country that doesn’t have free ambulance, free health insurance, four weeks sick leave and of course the fact we can send kids out to the Go to school without fear of being murdered en masse.
Comedian Shane Gillis, 35, references Australia in his new stand-up special Beautiful Dogs, which is currently streaming on Netflix. The prankster makes the bizarre claim that the country is “doing nothing” and has “zero exports.”
“So thankful to be behind this hole of a country ‘second’.”
Some users commented on listing multiple exports provided by Australia.
“Wifi, cervical cancer vaccines, inflatable airplane evacuation slides, ultrasound scans, electric drills, cochlear implants, pacemakers, black boxes,” one wrote.
“Um, uranium, coal, meat, wool, gas, gold, wheat, copper, iron ore, alcohol, aluminum, crude oil. “No, we don’t export anything,” added another.
The light-hearted joke sparked fury from patriotic Australians. And it’s not the first time Gillis has softened the backlash over his reckless jokes
Someone simply added, “Most American commentary ever.”
It’s not the first time Gillis has softened the backlash over his reckless jokes.
The prankster previously spoke of being “destroyed” online after Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels fired him over offensive comments made in 2018.
Gillis was fired from SNL in 2019 after snippets of his 2018 appearance on the Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast surfaced just five days after the cast was announced.
Shane Gillis was fired from Saturday Night Live and canceled by the media in 2019. However, after a string of appearances and his new comedy special, Beautiful Dogs, the comedian has made a comeback
The comedian used homophobic slurs on the podcast, referring to Asian people as “ch***s,” an ethnic slur aimed at people of Asian descent, particularly those from China.
After the offending videos and podcasts surfaced, Gillis said, “I’m happy to apologize to anyone who is actually offended by anything I’ve said.” “My intention is never to hurt anyone, but I try to be to be the best comedian I can be, and sometimes that takes risks.”
The apology was badly received, but the damage was already done. Not only was he canceled because of the live sketch show, he was also misled by sections of the media and celebrities like Sandra Oh.
Gillis not only apologized, but years after the incident he continued to speak out openly on the matter, focusing on how he was “devastated” by Twitter.
Shane Gillis was originally scheduled to star in Season 45 of Saturday Night Live. However, he was fired five days after the cast was announced
“It was a bad joke,” he said during an April 28, 2022 episode of Bussin’ With The Boys. “I’m not saying I shouldn’t have been fired.”
Gillis continued, “It all blew up … It was number one on Twitter for about three days.”
He claimed that SNL tried to keep him on the show, but part of him knew he’d be fired once the clips surfaced again.
He said, “I felt … I knew it was coming when I got into trouble.”
“I understood the rules, but why do we have these rules?”