Rob Schneider’s fundraiser comedy set was so offensive the hospital denounced it

Rob Schneider has spent the past several years proudly flying the MAGA flag. He’s whitesplained civil rights to the late Rep. John Lewis, called the Covid vaccines “experimental gene therapy,” and blasted former employer SNL for the post-2016 election cold open where Kate McKinnon sang “Hallelujah” as Hillary Clinton. This is his brand and he’s not hiding it. But still, he was able to do stand up at a Canadian hospital fundraiser last week that simply entertained without going too far. Lol, just kidding. His set was so offensive that Schneider left the stage early amid booing from the audience, and the mortified hospital issued a statement denouncing Schneider’s material and apologizing to the audience:

Rob Schneider said he thinks cancel culture is “over” despite getting booed at his gig earlier this month.

The “Hot Chick” star, 60, was seen walking through the streets with a drink in hand when The New York Post caught up with him just before he left with friends.

When asked what he thinks of cancel culture, he told the cameraman, “It’s over.”

Schneider also teased his potential appearance in some of his friend Adam Sandler’s forthcoming sequel films, including “Happy Gilmore 2” and the possibility of a third installment in another Sandler franchise.

“There better be,” he said when asked if there might be a “Grown Ups 3” movie in the works, adding that he would be interested in starring.

On June 1, Schneider performed a comedy set at a hospital fundraiser in Canada, but guests weren’t exactly too happy with his alleged “transphobic, misogynistic and anti-vax” jokes.

“Everyone in the room was groaning, saying, ‘What is going on?’ Like, whispering to themselves,” guest Tynan Allan told the CBC earlier this week. “Not a single laugh at times.”

“It was just very apparent how uncomfortable everyone felt and how unacceptable the things he was talking about were,” Allan continued.

The hospital later issued a statement condemning Schneider’s jokes.

“While we recognize that in a free and democratic society, individuals are entitled to their views and opinions and that comedy is intended to be edgy, the content, positions and opinions expressed during Mr. Schneider’s set do not align with the values of our foundation and team,” the Hospitals of Regina Foundation said.

“We do not condone, accept, endorse or share Mr. Schneider’s positions, as expressed during his comedy set, and acknowledge that in this instance the performance did not meet the expectations of our audience and our team.”

[From Page Six]

Elsewhere in his comments to CBC, attendee Tynan Allan pointed out that Schneider has been blatantly “transphobic, misogynistic, anti-vax” for years, so how did he even get booked? While I think the hospital did everything right in the aftermath — swiftly apologizing to their guests and denouncing the “jokes” — I also think it’s a fair question for Allan to raise. My hope is that Schneider is so D List by now that the hospital only somewhat vaguely knew who he was. (I know, explanation but not an excuse, and certainly not one Adam Sandler could use.) Schneider’s views are deplorable, yet there is a trend among comedians of a certain generation across the political spectrum, who are so indignant that they can’t just make fun of people anymore. Aside from being mean-spirited, it’s also creatively lazy. The ones protesting so much now are doing so out of insecurity; they’ve realized their talents were more limited than they thought, once you take away the easiness of cheap shots and punching down.

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  1. TN Democrat says:

    Maga/right wingers punch down. That is why tRump is so beloved by the lot. He empowers them to bully marginalized people.

    • Lolo86lf says:

      Right you are. Trump is worshipped by bullies who like to punch down on undocumented migrants, homosexuals, transexuals, drag queens, disabled people, poor people. Did I leave out any other groups who get discriminated against? I am very pleased to see Rob getting canceled so he can get a taste of his own medicine.

    • Hihello says:

      At 5’7” my 17 year old trans son has 4” of height on Rob Schnider. Almost every trans child has height on RS. I’m not saying that this has something to do with that little shadow-scurrying-gremlin hating trans people, but I think it’s worth passing the mic down to see what Rob thinks about. “What’s that Rob? I can’t hear you. Can someone bring a phone book for Rob to sit on? Make that two. I like to watch his little feet kick up in the air when he thinks he’s said something clever.”

      At 5’3”, I am a female comedian and that’s me punching Rob Schnider square in his stupid rat face.

      • hihello says:

        He has the face of a rat and the neck of a tortoise that is straining, stretching. He’s trying to locate that whiff of D-List fame he had in the 90’s.

  2. Jks says:

    Ugh. Another disappointment. Not that I had any expectations of this guy. All I know is that he did some lame comedies, got small parts in Adam Sandler movies, and that despite a very public spat, he had sent flowers to Roger Ebert when he was diagnosed with cancer. I thought he was a decent person. But ugh.

  3. Chaine says:

    Anyone who denies there’s such a thing as white male privilege should take a good look at how this guy has somehow generated a 35 year comedy career from being the “Makin Copies” guy on SNL.

    • ProfHurkleDurkle says:

      Rob Schneider is mixed race. He talks about having Filipino heritage onstage, so I think it’s important not to disappear that, even though he certainly benefits from male privilege.

      • 80sMercedes says:

        His grandmother was Filipino, but that man is White presenting. Considering all of the racist caricatures he has inflicted on the viewing audience over the years, holding space for him isn’t on the priority list.

  4. Bumblebee says:

    Anti-vax jokes for a hospital fundraiser. Who did he think was in the audience? Shamans and gurus?

    • Bridget says:

      Many anti vax people are not shamans. Also, many believe in vaccines, but not all vaccines.

  5. Pat says:

    Curious what hospital. If it was out west in maga-wannabe country, they might have booked him purposefully.

    • Eurydice says:

      In the link it says The Hospitals of Regina Foundation.

    • Noo says:

      @pat even hospitals out here in “maga-wannabe country” are evidence-based and supported vaccines. Giving them the benefit of the doubt, I think it was just a big miss by the community hospital foundation event organizers. Note that the hospital foundation is not the same as the hospital. I.e. this is a public foundation which supports hospitals in Regina, Saskatchewan.

  6. CJW says:

    Men like him and Seinfield have no idea how to evolve, they are splashing around in a stagnant pond, flinging filth in hopes for attention.

  7. sevenblue says:

    I read from someone on reddit who was at the event that he was on stage for an hour, so they gave him plenty of time to spew all his anti-vax, anti-women, anti-trans views. Also, the same person also wrote that some people went to talk to the President and CEO of the Hospital Foundation Dino Sophocleous during his set and the guy wasn’t very responsive to their questions why the hospital was giving a platform to these views. So, they waited until the last minute to pull him off. With a simple google search, they would know what kind of a comedian he is. This seems like the men in power wasn’t aware that the people attending a hospital fundraiser don’t find an anti-vax comedian funny.

    • Noo says:

      @sevenblue thanks for the additional info! Hopefully the foundation CEO faces some consequences.

  8. Eowyn says:

    Stupidity from start to finish. A simple search would have told the hospital foundation this wasn’t the guy for their event. There are a million slightly corny dad humour comedians that would have gladly taken the gig – supporting good causes goes with that brand.

  9. Grey says:

    I live in Regina and did not attend, so I do not have any firsthand knowledge but it’s just so embarrassing to live here sometimes. One would think that as a HOSPITAL BOARD you’d vet someone for your fundraisers, but apparently not. The premier of our province declared COVID “over” here a long time ago so maybe they just didn’t care or thought more people would share these views. I feel like the only reason it made the news is because of Reddit and social media.

  10. Trillion says:

    The easiest way to get that attention hit: Be an asshole. Then cry victim when you get “cancelled” by the “woke mob”. Zero talent required.

  11. tealily says:

    I feel like they hired him because he was cheap, assuming he would have the good sense to tailor his set to the audience, which he didn’t. Mistakes all around. No sympathy for this guy, a little for the hospital.

  12. lizbert says:

    LOL. “‘White Chick’ star” is… a burn.

  13. Bridget says:

    He has exposed Hollywood pedophiles also so is in the process of being cancelled. In my opinion, that’s more important than being offended. Hollywood is sick.

    • bisynaptic says:

      He has exposed which Hollywood pedophiles?

      • Bridget says:

        He was interviewed saying when he was a young actor, a director invited him to a hotel and asked him to do some things. He was speaking out that Weinstein was not the only one, and informing of what goes on in holly weird.

      • bisynaptic says:

        If he didn’t name names, he wasn’t “exposing” anybody. 🙄 We all know Weinstein wasn’t the only one.

    • Fre says:

      I will say not really

      • Bridget says:

        Oh. So victims who speak out are lying? If you say that about one, you can’t change that view just because you like one actors views and not another’s. I mean you can, but it’s hypocritical. Believe victims.

      • Ed says:

        Still no

      • Trillion says:

        if he exposed pedophiles, that’s great. Nobody would argue that. But that has zero to do with him being such a hate-spewing bully and (really, really un-funny).

  14. bisynaptic says:

    I like “Ex’s and Oh’s”. That’s probably the only good thing that’s come out of him.