What is Bowen Yang's net worth? A look at 'SNL' star's salary who said 'do more' to stop anti-Asian racism
Episode 15 of ‘Saturday Night Live’ Season 46 returned to the small screen after a hiatus of two weeks where we saw ‘SNL’ veteran Maya Rudolph taking over as the host for the evening along with Jack Harlow as the musical guest. They might have got the Internet talking but they could not beat the hype of ‘SNL’ cast member Bowen Yang's telling the audience to “do more” to stop anti-Asian racism.
During his skit, the Australian-born American actor was introduced as “Asian cast member” by the Regular “Update” co-anchor Colin Kelly Jost to which Yang first pretended to be concerned and asked if it was his “official title”. Jost then reverts “That’s how you told me to introduce you” to which Yang replies during the skit “I set you’re a** up. It feels good.” The 30-year-old actor then shed light on his AAPI friends dubbing them as hot and also called senators to tell them about the lesbian characters in “Sailor Moon.” AAPI, for the unversed, is a term sometimes used in the United States to include both Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans. The US Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs defined Asian-Pacific Islander as "A person with origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, South Asia, or the Pacific Islands. This area includes, for example, China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Samoa; and in South Asia, includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan."
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Addressing anti-Asian racism
Getting more serious during his skit, Yang addressed the anti-Asian racism and focused on “how insanely bad things are.” “If someone’s personality is punching Asian grandmas, it’s not a dialogue. I have an Asian grandma, you want to punch her, there ain’t no common ground, mama". He continued, “I see my friends donating and that’s great, but then I also tell them: do more. You’re ordering from Chinese restaurants? Great. Do more. Let me know when you feed your white kids chicken feet. You cried during ‘Minari’? Congrats. I was sobbing into my boner for Steven Yeun. Do more.”
He added, “And why are you telling me you tipped your manicurist well?” he continued. “Let me know when you get on your knees and scrub her feet while she looks at your phone. Do more.” The actor concluded with, “I’m just a comedian. I don’t have all the answers. But I’m not just looking for them online. I’m looking around me. The GoFundMe for Xiao Zhen Xie, the grandmother who fought back against her attacker raised $900,000, which she immediately gave back to the community. That’s where we are as Asians. Now come meet us there.”
Bowen. Yang. pic.twitter.com/PWxQO1KPQu— Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) March 28, 2021
What is Bowen Yang's net worth?
The openly-gay comedian first rose to fame with his podcast, Las Culturistas, with Matt Rogers. He also got pretty famous with his lip-sync videos on Twitter but his big break came in the form of getting hired on ‘SNL’ as a staff writer in 2018. He also got picked up by a Comedy Central show in 2018 which also stars Awkwafina and BD Wong. In the year 2019, Yang was promoted to on-air cast for ‘SNL's 45th season which allowed him to pocket impressive money. The writer and actor became the first Chinese-American, third openly gay male, and fourth-ever cast member of Asian descent on the show. If we speak about his net worth, the website The Things reports that Yang makes a cool $3 million. However, the other website GossipGist revealed that Yang’s salary might be around $60,000. Interestingly, Yang was also named in 30 Under 30 Forbes list in 2019. He also keeps making regular guest appearances in various movies and shows.
‘Bowen Yang is the truth and the light’
As soon as ‘SNL’ aired Yang’s skit, the viewers rushed to Twitter to extend their support to the actor. Speaking on the same lines, one user shared, “Bowen yang did a great update segment and frankly his infographics deserved a better audience!!” Another posted, “Aww, Bowen Yang... What a job you had before you. No easy task. Kudos and thank you.” One tweeted, “Bowen Yang is the truth and the light!!!!!!!!!!” The next one shared, “Every single person needs to listen to what Bowen Yang is saying.” One user concluded, “Bowen Yang is an icon, legend, he’s got a point, and he IS the moment, come on now.”
bowen yang did a great update segment and frankly his infographics deserved a better audience!!— well i shouldn't be, greg (@carogranner) March 28, 2021
Aww, Bowen Yang... What a job you had before you. No easy task. Kudos and thank you. #SNL— Cassandra Nicholson (@WriterWarrior) March 28, 2021
Bowen Yang is the truth and the light!!!!!!!!!!— Naomi Ekperigin (@Blacktress) March 28, 2021
Every single person needs to listen to what Bowen Yang is saying.— nadia (@mccartneyvision) March 28, 2021
Bowen Yang is an icon, legend, he’s got a point, and he IS the moment, come on now— Anele-Marie Lastrassi (@uhnelly) March 28, 2021