Stand-up comic and former Breaking Bad actor Bill Burr has ignited a Twitter firestorm for mocking everyone from white women to gay people in his first Saturday Night Live monologue.
The Netflix star referred to white women as his “b**ches” while claiming they had “hijacked the woke movement” while opening the show.
His comments haven’t gone down well on social media.
“The woke movement was supposed to be about people of colour not getting opportunities. … Somehow, white women swung their Gucci-booted feet over the fence of oppression and stuck themselves at the front of the line,’’ said the creator of Netflix’s animated show F is for Family as he opened SNL on Saturday.
“I’ve never heard such complaining in my life from white women,” Burr said, before adding: “You guys stood by us toxic white males for centuries of our crimes against humanity, you rolled around in the blood money, and occasionally when you wanted to sneak off and hook up with a black dude, if you got caught you said it wasn’t consensual. That’s what you did.”
He went on to slam Gay Pride month.
“The month of June is Gay Pride month. That’s a little long, don’t you think, for a group of people that were never enslaved?’’ Burr said. “How did they get all of June?
“The black people were actually enslaved. They get February, they get 28 days of overcast weather. … How about you hook them up with July? These are equator people.”
Critics lit up Twitter ripping Burr.
“Bill Burr is trash and has always been trash,” @emrazz said.
“Not because he doesn’t raise valid criticisms in some of his comedy, but because he has always leveraged his ability to point them out to the detriment of change and the benefit of himself, and he can f**k off into the sun for it.”
@AbbysDad3 wrote: “Jokes were in poor taste, not funny. As a gay man in an interracial relationship we were both offended and turned the channel. Who approved that monologue?”
The funnyman also came out swinging against those flouting COVID-19 restrictions as he opened the show, joking: “Take out your weak cousin with asthma, I don’t care.
“There’s too many people … It stops you from reproducing.”
@HoyaLikeThat shot back: “As ‘the weak cousin with asthma’ I found your monologue insensitive and appalling. You don’t know what it’s like to live with this disease – especially in the age of COVID. It’s not a joke. It’s a scary reality for which I have to be vigilant every day. Show some class and sensitivity.”
Burr ignored the controversy, on Sunday Burr tweeted: “Thanks to Lorne, the cast, everyone at @nbcsnl … No words to describe how much fun that experience was,” and called it the “Night of my life!”
He did have supporters who tweeted their praise for his act, too.
“Hi. I am a white woman and I think your monologue was hilarious and true @billburr. Ignore the easily offended snowflakes!” wrote @boozebudbeards.
This article originally appeared in the New York Post and was reproduced with permission