Katt Williams Apologizes For Racial Rant
September 2, 2011 by Post Team
Katt Williams Apologizes For Racial Rant, An activist of the civil rights of Arizona said that he accepted the apology Katt Williams for an anti-Mexican tirade during a comedy show in Phoenix last week, but is asking the actor to return to the city to “show their commitment to Latino community. ”
“What he said was hate speech and racially offensive limit,” said the Rev. Jarrett Maupin, who is organizing a boycott of Williams stand-up act. His words could also create “violence and blood” in the community, he said.
Williams, an African American comedian best known for his erratic behavior at his jokes in recent months, issued a written statement through his publicist Wednesday that included an apology.
“My remarks were not intended to be offensive,” said Williams. “I apologize if my comedy act was taken out of context.”
“I sincerely thank my fans in the Mexican community and never intentionally go out of my way to offend,” he said.
Video of the tirade, delivered during a performance at the Celebrity Theater Saturday night, was published online. Williams said a man sitting near the stage and asked if he was Mexican.
“It seems to me like all of you here a lot,” Williams said then.
He then launched into his tirade.
“Do you remember when white people used to say,” Go back to Africa, “and we would not want to tell them? So if you like Mexico, (expletive), get the (expletive) over there!” Williams said man.
As the tirade became an argument back and forth with profanity-laced man, Williams said: “We were slaves, (expletive). It only works as well as gardeners.”
Several times during the outbreak, Williams sang the national anthem over the U.S. and chanted “USA, USA, USA”.
“His comments were highly inappropriate, especially knowing the weather here in Arizona,” said Maupin.
The state has been a political battleground in recent years on the approval of an immigration reform bill.
“He crossed the line with his comments about returning to Mexico, his comments on the historical aspects of how the west became part of the United States from Mexico,” said Maupin. “Much of it was meaningless, and that’s the dangerous part of it.”
Williams’ claims frivolous a bad image of African-American community and that there is an obvious tension in our community, “he said. “The comments of the celebrities can lead to violence and tension in the community.”
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