The 63rd annual Grammy Awards aired Sunday night but, save for a few controversial moments, hardly anyone would have known or cared, as it was one of the least-viewed awards shows of all time.
One of those moments was a series of award presentations by comedian Bill Burr, who poked fun at feminists and racial identitarians, sparking an angry backlash from leftist-aligned groups, the New York Post reported.
Burr, who isn’t shy about his disdain for the left’s politically correct censorship and “cancel culture,” is now facing an effort by outraged leftists to “cancel” him for being politically incorrect — specifically, “racist” and “sexist” — during his time on stage at the largely pre-recorded awards show.
Burr’s bit was deemed offensive by some right off the bat as he joked about committing suicide following an extended piano performance that preceded his taking the stage, according to the Washington Examiner.
“Was I the only one who wanted to kill himself during that piano solo?” Burr said. “I bought a suit for this. I thought it was going to be on TV. I’m such a moron. I’m losing so much money right now.”
What really seemed to rouse the ire of the left, however, was the comedian’s jokes about being unable to pronounce the last name of the winner of the Best Regional Mexican Music Album, Natalia Lafourcade, as well as the fact that he, as a straight, white man, was presenting a number of awards for Latino music categories.
“I can’t say this name — Natalie, Natalie what?” Burr said. “Alright. And the winner, the Grammy goes to Natalia Lafourcade-e. Oh, sorry. I will accept on behalf of her. If I butchered her name, I’m sorry. Natalie, you won.”
A moment later, while presenting the award for the Best Tropical Latin Album, he joked, “The feminists are going nuts, ‘Why is the cis-white male doing all this Latino stuff?'”
Burr did what comedians do
Social media erupted with criticism for Burr, as well as the Grammy’s producers, over his attempt to bring levity to the program and his mispronunciation of Lafourcade’s name, along with those of other artists, USA Today reported. Just as he jokingly predicted, he was accused of being racist and sexist toward those artists who had won.
However, pushing the increasingly shrinking boundaries of what is deemed politically acceptable is a central theme of Burr’s entire schtick, as was noted by plenty of the comedian’s fans on social media.
Further, the outlet noted that Burr sparked controversy in October last year while hosting Saturday Night Live when, during his monologue, he poked fun at liberal “white women” who had “hijacked the woke movement” and claimed to be oppressed minorities — which predictably received backlash from “woke” white women on social media.
More recently, the Examiner noted that Burr stepped out to defend his now-former Mandalorian co-star, Gina Carano, after she was fired by Disney+ for posting about her conservative beliefs on social media and making historical comparisons that the “woke” left didn’t like.