Katt Williams has apologized for making derogatory statements about Mexicans when responding to a heckler at a Phoenix show.
“My remarks were not meant to be offensive,” Williams said. “I want to apologize if my comedy act was taken out of context.”
When a Mexican audience member began to heckle Williams, the comedian responded with a xenophobic tirade. According to a YouTube user who uploaded video of the exchange, Williams was already making “jokes” about Mexicans prompting the audience member to respond.
“[Expletives] think they can live in this country and pledge allegiance to another country,” he told the man. “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, [expletive], get the [expletive] over there.”
He also told the man, who was becoming agitated, “We were slaves [expletive.] You just work like that as landscapers.”
During the rant-ine, Williams sang the National Anthem and led the crowd in chanting “USA! USA!” Indeed, he differentiates between Mexicans and Mexican-Americans during the routine.
While the backlash has been big enough to warrant an apology from Williams, it certainly hasn’t reached the media fever pitch that Tracy Morgan’s homophobic routine did.
You can watch the routine, which contains a lot of NSFW language, here.