• Nick Di Paolo calls 12-year-old girl ‘dumb cunt’ on Twitter; deletes hours later

    UPDATE: Nick Di Paolo has deleted the initial tweet, but not any of the replies to his fans and detractors underneath it. We’ve included a screenshot of the missing tweet at the bottom of this post.

    Comedian Nick Di Paolo took to Twitter Friday afternoon to shame one of the nine covers released by Glamour for their Women of the Year edition. The cover features five of the student activists behind March for Our Lives, a group formed to combat gun violence in schools in the wake of the Parkland shooting. One of those students is 12-year-old Naomi Wadler.

    Di Paolo tweeted, “Fuck these dumb cunts and their black power salute,” and attached a photo of the cover. Glamour released the cover last month on their Instagram and is now available on newsstands.

    The tweet is in extremely bad taste even for the often foulmouthed Di Paolo as it goes after students—specifically children that survived a horrific tragedy. The cover features Samantha Fuentes, Emma González, Edna Chavez, Jaclyn Corin, and Wadler—three of whom survived the Parkland shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Chavez lost her brother to gun violence and joined the movement. 12-year-old Wadler organized walkouts at elementary schools in an effort to get other elementary school students talking about gun violence.

    While there could be an argument about the “black power salute” being co-opted by other minority groups that should not be able to lay claim to it (i.e. women), his tweet does not make those arguments. Instead, it is a crude attack on young women. As a middle-aged white man and Trump supporter, Di Paolo isn’t the type of person that most people would turn to for nuanced takes on race and gender in America, but this crosses a line even for the controversial comedian.

    He followed up the original tweet with an actual joke about deodorant, which while in poor taste, is at least humor-based.

    Di Paolo prides himself as not being politically correct. His website states, “In this day of watered down comedy, Nick Di Paolo’s brutally honest performances remind us of what great stand-up should be— funny, socially relevant and a little bit reckless.” This isn’t a joke, so it doesn’t fall under the umbrella of reckless comedy. Where’s the joke, Nick? Which part of, ‘Fuck these dumb cunts and their black power salute,’ was the punchline? Which part was the set-up?

    This isn’t the podcaster’s first run-in with what I’m sure he’ll call the ‘PC police.’ Last year, the comedian had to defend a rape joke he made at a fundraiser in Boston where he also allegedly called Barack Obama a “monkey,” though Di Paolo insists he never said that word.

    This isn’t even the first time that Di Paolo has gone after school shootings as a route to “comedy.” Earlier this year he tweeted, “Dear future school shooters, please confine yourself to coll. campuses, specifically faculty lounges at Berkeley, Fresno State etc.” The now-deleted tweet got him fired from his job at SiriusXM.

    Comedians often push the limits of acceptability in their sets and jokes. Shock value is an inherent part of comedy, but comedians like Di Paolo push those limits outside of the realm of humor. Maybe you could call a 12-year-old girl a ‘dumb cunt.’ Who knows? Maybe there’s a joke out there that will make us pee our pants. But once again, where’s the joke, Nick?

    Rosa Escandon

    I am a stand up comic and writer living in Brooklyn, NY. When I'm not on stage, I am Comedy Editor for The Tusk, sit on the board of the Cinder Block Comedy Festival, and writing my next project. I am passionate about writing about feminism and comedy as well as how women, LBGTQ people, and minorities are changing the face of comedy and entertainment. You may have seen me on Buzzfeed Video, Seriously.TV, aplus, or maybe just on twitter.

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