A night intended to celebrate Asian American artistic expression exploded in controversy when an AAPI student group at Columbia University in New York abruptly ended the set of Nimesh Patel, best known as a former writer for Saturday Night Live.

According to the Columbia Spectator, Patesh joked about a gay Black man in his neighborhood, joking that being gay could not possibly be a matter of choice.  The  campus news site, Bwog, described the mood as growing increasingly tense.

“No one looks in the mirror and thinks, ‘this Black thing is too easy, let me just add another thing to it.’” Patesh reportedly joked during his Friday night performance at cultureSHOCK, an annual showcase at Columbia University.

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