Comedian Jim Gaffigan performed a controversial set on the “Sunday Morning” show on CBS this week, calling out horse racing and the Triple Crown as an excuse for gambling. His routine included jokes about the attire worn at the Kentucky Derby, the use of the whip, and even horseback riding in general.
“There's always an interview with the jockey,” joked Gaffigan. “'How did you do it?' 'Well, I whipped the horse, and then it ran.'”
Racing fans took to social media to express their disgust for the routine:
Most outrageous piece aired on the triple crown @CBSSunday #janepauley this loser just gave the scathing opinion on horse racing on trainers owners and horses. Totally outrageous. Horse people raise up and complain @NTRA @BreedersCup @JustinZayat ???????? @TheNYRA
— Ahmed Zayat (@jazz3162) June 3, 2018
Jim Gaffigan is a comedian. It's his job to poke holes in things, and his target of choice this week was horse racing. That's all. He wasn't nearly as hard on racing as he is on Hot Pockets every single night.
Put the pitchforks and torches away, gang.
— Joe Nevills (@Joe_Nevills) June 3, 2018
Think what you want about Jim Gaffigan's piece on CBS Sunday Morning, but don't fool yourself into thinking he is the only one who has joked about these matters. Behind the jokes are actual concerns, particularly about whipping.https://t.co/RbbBFwOJBA
— carly (@ballydolphin) June 3, 2018
A fear the Thoroughbred industry making the big deal about Jim Gaffigan's comedy segment on the Triple Crown will have more of a negative impact than just taking the joke and letting it fade away.
— Jeremy Balan (@BH_JBalan) June 3, 2018
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