We all know that sometimes, stand-up comics can be rough on their audience. Anyone who’s ever been to a comedy show knows that anyone sitting in the first few rows is a target, but does joking go too far?
During a show in Phoenix, Arizona over the weekend, comedian Katt Williams got into a personal tête-à-tête with an overzealous heckler. While Williams began a routine about his “Mexican friends” liking America “a lot,” one audience member felt the need to remind Williams that back in the day California, like Arizona, was once apart of Mexico. Apparently, this little history lesson sent both Williams and the Latino audience member over the edge, and well, male ego did the rest.
Williams angrily told the audience member:
“Since y’all like it over here a lot. and I’m saying, if I’m speaking out of line, let me know. But I’m saying it appears to me, y’all like it over here a lot. And let me tell you why I’m making that assumption, because I have no right to make that assumption. But understand this, this what gives me the right, and don’t you get it twisted… If y’all had California and you loved it, then you shouldn’t have given that mothaf*cka up. You should have fought for California, goddamnit, since you love it.
Because you think I’m dissing Mexico and I’m defending America. Are you Mexican? Do you know where Mexico is? No this ain’t Mexico, it used to be Mexico, motherf*cker, and now it’s Phoenix, goddammit. USA! USA!
To be fair to Williams, the audience member’s words can’t be heard on camera, but after the heckling begins Williams breaks out into a seven-minute rant about patriotism and Mexicans who don’t love America needing to go back to their country. Hmm, sounds familiar?
While I’m not sure Williams crossed the line, he definitely tap-danced, moonwalked, and stomped all over it.