“If a person starts their heckling with ‘F’ America, then that gives me the right to defend my country,” Williams said, adding that he is not anti-Mexican. “I don’t think I need to apologize for being pro-American.”
This was not the apology Williams gave via a statement following a backlash against an exchange, posted to YouTube, that showed the comedian telling a heckler to go back to Mexico if he loved it so much.
“I want to apologize if my comedy act was taken out of context,” the statement read.
He also told the man, “If you love Mexico, [expletive], get the [expletive] over there.” He led the audience in chanting, “USA! USA!” and singing the National Anthem.
“We were slaves [expletive.] You just work like that as landscapers,” Williams told the man in perhaps the most controversial part of the exchange.
Williams explained that he cannot back down from “uncensored thought,” like Tracy Morgan did after he was criticized for making homophobic jokes. He also added that his fan base is largely made of Mexican-Americans.
“If I had disrespected Mexicans, I wouldn’t have been able to make it out of there alive,” Williams said of the entire show. “If you don’t like me, don’t come see me.”
Watch Williams’s interview below.