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Comedian Ari Shaffir Doesn't Mention Kobe Bryant Controversy During His First Podcast Since Comments

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By Clark Sparky

Comedian Ari Shaffir has been in hot water since he made some controversial comments about Kobe Bryant the day the Lakers legend died in a helicopter crash.

On January 26th, he posted a video to social media and said, "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!"

Shaffir is the co-host of the video podcast on YouTube called "Punch Drunk Sports!" The first episode since he made those comments was released this week, and during the entire 90 minute episode, he didn't mention the controversy at all.

People in the comments were peeved. "Making an appearance in podcasts to try and test the waters but never allowing himself to be held accountable to his crap," one said.

"This clown ari is haunted now his whole life with the kobe curse!!! Deadman walking," another wrote.

"Of course this coward didn't address his tweet," a third added.


Shaffir attempted to explain his comments after being dropped by his management agency.

"Every time a beloved celebrity dies I post some horrible shit about them," he wrote in the apology post. "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."

Other comedians have weighed in on the controversy. Joe Rogan, who himself has been at the center of plenty of backlash for things he's said, chimed in.

"He needed to know that there are consequences for just saying ridiculous s— that you're not supposed to say when people die," he said.

"It was so stupid, but it's also what you said earlier, that you gotta keep ramping it up," Rogan added. "When you do outrageous things to get people to be like 'Oh, look at Jimmy, he's crazy,' you get caught in a trap and you keep doing it more and more outrageous."

Artie Lange, another outspoke comic, said, "I've had my moments on Twitter and I've said some stuff out load that has been hard to defend. That was rough. Kobe Bryant had some issues, he was acquitted, but his beautiful daughter was killed and seven other people... that was bad and it was so soon."

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