Sometimes (as Michael Richards can now attest, if anyone could find him) a comedian can easily slip over the line from ‘edginess’ to ‘offensive’ without realizing it until it is too late. Just ask comedian Katt Williams, who has found himself in some hot water after making a joke about Hispanics at a recent gig.
According to the Huffington Post, Williams was performing in Phoenix, Arizona on August 20th when, “in part of his response to his heckler, Williams launched into a tirade against Mexicans living in the United States”:
“Mothaf*ckas think they can live in this country and pledge allegiance to another country… Do you remember when white people used to say go back to Africa? And we’d have to tell them we don’t want to? So if you love Mexico, bitch, get the f*ck over there!” he said.”
Yowza. Maybe not the sharpest thing to do or say anywhere, but especially in Phoenix, which has a thriving Hispanic culture. So, not surprisingly, there has been a massive online backlash against Williams, and so Williams is doing a run from the Apologetic Celebrity Post Racist Comment playbook, maneuver # 17 (‘My ___ were not meant to offend. I wish to apologize if my ____ was/ were taken out of context. I sincerely appreciate my fans within the _____ community and would never ____ to offend them’):
“My remarks were not to be offensive. I want to apologize if my comedy act was taken out of context. I sincerely appreciate my fans within the Mexican community and would never intentionally go out of my way to offend them.”
No word yet on how his fans will respond to his apology.
What do you think of Williams’ comments?