Another Gay Asian is Used in Photo Meant For ‘SNL’ Newbie Bowen Yang

Credit: Bowen Yang Instagram

The Hollywood Reporter‘s social media team made a gigantic mistake on Friday, September 13, when they used a photo of comedian Joel Kim Booster as a pic designed to honor new Saturday Night Live cast member Bowen Yang (both Asian, both gay). 


THR did a story about getting to know Bowen, 29, who is among one of the three new castmates for SNL’s upcoming 45th season. He also happens to be the first Chinese-American performer in the history of the long-running sketch comedy series and only the third openly gay cast member (following Terry Sweeney and John Milhiser).

The publication was dragged over the tweet very quickly. “That is f***ing outrageous,” one wrote. “I mean i like when i get mistaken for Michelle Yeoh and Grace Park… happens like.. oh right never,” another chimed in. 


They later apologized for the incident. “A previous tweet by THR about new SNL cast member Bowen Yang contained an incorrect image due to a photo error,” they wrote. “THR has deleted the tweet and apologizes for the mistake.”


Bowen joins Chloe Fineman and Shane Gillis (who has come under fire over his racist and homophobic remarks) for the new SNL season that premieres on September 28 with Woody Harrelson and Billie Eilish

Joel, 31, who congratulated Bowen for his SNL honor on Twitter earlier this month, is part of the NBC family as well. His sitcom Sunnyside premieres Thursday, November 26. 


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