Society & Culture
Opochtli Podcast #162 - People (Ari Shaffir) hating on Kobe and jubilant over his death
JAN 29, 2020: Don't be too alarmed if some problems you're having at home start to spill over into your social life. No harm will come of it. It's only natural that things that are important to you take center stage, especially when they aren't going quite right. You might be somewhat distracted during the day, but if you just give yourself some time here and there to process what you're going through, you'll feel your enthusiasm and positive thinking building slowly but surely throughout the day. Six hours after the news was released, Shaffir took to Twitter: “Kobe Bryant died 23 years too late today. He got away with rape because all the Hollywood liberals who attack comedy enjoy rooting for the Lakers more than they dislike rape. Big ups to the hero who forgot to gas up his chopper. I hate the Lakers. What a great day! #Fuckthelakers.” The Journal reached out to Aqua Talent Agency for comment. Shaffir, who resides in Los Angeles, is best known for his podcast “Skeptic Tank” and for his appearances on “Joe Rogan Experience.” His behavior in the past has been a cause for concern, as he garnered criticism for punching Bobby Lee in the face, and for drugging his good friend Bert Kreischer. He retweeted his tweet after an outpour of anger and threats came in from Bryant fans, then claimed he was “hacked.” On the morning of Jan. 28, he issued a statement via Instagram. “Every time a beloved celebrity dies, I post some horrible shit about them. I’ve been doing it for years now. I like destroying gods. And right when a famous person dies they’re at their most worshipped. So as a response to all the outpouring of sympathy on social media, I post something vile. It’s just a joke. I don’t really hate any of the people.
Comedian Ari Shaffir’s career appears to be reeling after he made jokes about the death of Kobe Bryant last week.
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