[UPDATE: with Petition] Katt Williams in Phoenix: "If You Love Mexico, Bitch, Get the Fuck Over There!"

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He's back, alright
UPDATE, Aug. 31 4:22 P.M.: Presente.org, a national Latino advocacy group with solid politics, has stepped into the Katt Williams fall-out fray. They've issued a petition to have the comedian issue an apology for his rant in Phoenix, Arizona last week.

Signatures will be delivered to Williams' booking agent, Chris Smith of International Creative Management. The petition letter, in part, reads:

Your anti-Mexican rants on Saturday in Phoenix, Arizona, crossed the line from comedy into xenophobia. Hateful and dehumanizing talk about Mexicans and Latinos is unacceptable, particularly in Arizona, where Latinos are regularly racially profiled, insulted, beaten and even killed.

Your comments also inflame tensions between the African-American and Latino communities. This is tension we don't need at a time when our communities are disproportionately suffering from this economic recession and face large injustices in all areas from education, to health, to incarceration.
Katt Williams' recent string of stand-up appearances haven't been off to a good start. His official YouTube channel also uploaded the video of his Phoenix fail, so who knows if he's really the apologizing type. But I do know this, if there's no "I'm Sorry" then there will be a call for a boycott of his shows. And since his schtick is 'pimpin,'" ain't nothing worse than a broke pimp!

(Click here for the all the new Katt Williams apology/non-apology updates)

ORIGINAL POST, Aug. 29 5 P.M.: Comedian Katt Williams finds himself embroiled in controversy after going on an onstage rant last week on the subject of Mexicans. As the YouTube video of the incident makes the Internet rounds, his first mistake was performing in Phoenix, Arizona in the first place.

Unlike fellow comedian Chris Rock, Williams is apparently no adherent to the Sound Strike that arose after the passage of anti-immigrant legislation in the state. At a point during his set, he launched into a tirade offering a glimpse into why that might have been the case.

Things started innocently enough with Williams saying in regards to Mexicans, "It appears to me y'all like it over here a lot," feeling like a humorous reference to the demographics of immigration, but then things, inexplicably got ugly. "If y'all had California, and you loved it, you shouldn't have gave that motherfucker up! You should have fought for California, goddamn it! Since you loved it." The tone was patronizing and moved beyond the bounds of comedy into that of a rant as Williams continued on.



At one point, a Mexican audience member close to the circular stage stood up and said "This is Mexico, motherfucker!" Williams came back around and stomped his foot chanting "U-S-A!" doing his best impersonation of Hacksaw Jim Duggan. The man in the audience pounded his chest saying "This is my hood!" before being retorted by the comedian once more. 

For the next four minutes of the routine, Williams remained fixated on the standoff, taking issue with Mexicans living in the United States who have an affinity for their homeland, before breaking into a rendition of the national anthem. *Quick historical footnote: "The Star Spangled Banner" was written by Francis Scott Key, a slave owner, and in the perpetually omitted third verse, he writes,"No refuge could save the hireling and slave / From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave."

And the subject of slavery indeed came up in the course of the rant. Williams, who was involved in fight at a Young Jeezy concert that same week, said "Fuck, we were slaves, bitch! Y'all just work like that at the landscapers, motherfucker," as the crowd erupted in applause. "It's not even racial, you're a bitch!" he added as if misogyny was some sort of solvent. The Tucson Citizen called the sad ordeal as one "sure to bring him some new TEA Party fans." Black and brown folks have taken to YouTube to record commentaries disappointed in his actions as the Sound Strike issued a five-point statement offering, in part, an informed historical perspective.

Meanwhile, the website for the comedian asks at the bottom in a self-referential manner "Will Katt ever do stand-up again?" referring to his past disappearance from the stage. Now that he's back, others are now asking for an apology.

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byrd12ehs
byrd12ehs

An a apology really how many years have people joked on blacks an other race. If you don't like what he is doing don't listen. He has the freedom of speech let him speak. Life your life and let him live his. We as Americans always putting our own people down but will stand up for these other countries how does that sound.

PoliticalIssues Debate
PoliticalIssues Debate

This has nothing to do with RACE .This man is not a good American !! It insults all Americans when people have no respect for UNITED STATES of AMERICA! An American told the unpatriotic person he is a bitch .. That guy started it and was talking shit the whole time ...GO KATT!!!   HELL YA!!!

Guest
Guest

 and a corrupt government with a drug cartel that has killed 60 thousand people in the last five years and people running to another county because it so nice there ..we all appreciate the goodness of Mexico good people but we all see the bad and DO NOT want it here!!! And the more people with that ignorant bullshit about this being mexico just proves its growing with the BAD!

Politicalissuesdebate
Politicalissuesdebate

 Ya and if you try hard enough you can turn into that shithole Mexico your so proud of!! Stupid tired old argument that makes no sense !! I will tell the Indians that you stole it from them so they will get off whitey about it!

POLITICALISSUESDEBATE
POLITICALISSUESDEBATE

OH? so the Mexicans stole it from the Indians ! people that are scream racism are the racists and Latinos constantly scream it . They think NO laws apply to them because of the color of there skin .. This is the UNITED STATES of AMERICA PERIOD! To have anybody from any other country say its theres is a tired OLD in the past subject and shows they have no Allegiance to our flag ,language and land and NO American will ever take kindly to that .. Katt said what we all what to every American wants to say everytime they here that bullshit of its there's .you dumb fucks !!it was sold to USA ..done deal!!! GO KATT!!!!!!!!!!!! GO USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RandyRamirez1128
RandyRamirez1128

I think this rant went way overboard.. First of all Katt Williams was wrong to say what he said and in no way was showing his patriotism by prancing around like an asshole. Second of all on the "Fuck, we were slaves, bitch! Y'all just work like that at the landscapers, motherfucker,"Mexicans were slaves as well to their Spanish owners so he has no argument there. Speaking on the fact that my mother is full blooded Spanish and my father is a Mexican-American i do not condone the actions of the man in saying this is mexico because it has been owned by the U.S. for sometime i do have to say Katt Williams is racist and has made a fool of himself. I myself will not support the racist any longer. A bit off topic the African-American community is always claiming discrimination however they separate themselves by labeling themselves "Black" and other names. Simply stating my thoughts. 

TRANSFORMERS93
TRANSFORMERS93

KATT WILLIAMS IS A BLACK UNCLE TOM NIGGER!! PLAIN AND SIMPLE!!! 

Pinkmonroe88
Pinkmonroe88

The whole rant itself is not racist but the landscaping comment was and if you don't think it was then you are an idiot and a hyprocite. He wasn't doing this as a part of his stand up but was doing it to insult someone maliciously. What kind of person personally attacks a fan who obviously paid to see him perform? Yes stand up is never really clean but his ass was taking it way to serious with a wannabe tough look. And yes I do love Mexico because that is where my ancestors come from and the culture is beautiful but I also love the United States and if you tell me that I have to choose then I say to hell with you because I would fight for this country but I will not take anyone disrespecting my race!

Gringo1873
Gringo1873

What he said was correct.  Get out or be deported!

i love mexico but....
i love mexico but....

I'm a true Mexican at heart and love Mexico, I was at the performance and all I have to say I was laughing... Katt Williams is a comedian and American, it wouldn't have gone this far if that ghetto ass Mexican would just have sat down and enjoyed the show. I will never loose my love or respect for the country I was born in but if I have decided to leave that for America then I need to stand up.for my new country as well. Ppl need to be respectful to both and just get over this pride shit.... So whatever I still think katt Williams is funny ;)

Keyeseewhy
Keyeseewhy

The landscapers comment was pretty disrespectful but so was the guy saying "This is Mexico".  There are many Mexicans that come to this country to plant their roots, adopt our culture, and take advantage of the many opportunities this country has.  But not everyone.  You can't demand equal rights in America while waving a Mexican flag.  I feel like there are many here simply to make money that they send back to Mexico, who honestly want ot be in Mexico, and whose loyalty is to Mexico.  If you look as your country as your team, that's not the type of person I want on my team.  There are many that make no effort to learn English.  If I went to Mexico and expected everyone to speak English, I would be considered the arrogant American.  I think this is where a lot of the frustration comes from. 

I think all Katt was not so eloquently trying to say was, listen, come to America, that's cool, we welcome you, but be American.  Embrace the country.  But don't come to America and say this is my land now, not speak English, and expect everyone to change everything to fit you.  You gotta adapt.  When the Italians, Germans, Poles etc came, they didn't demand everything in English and Italian, German, or Polish.  They adapted. 

guest
guest

Gentleman, we have bigger issues to worry about? like getting the economy back on track, regardless wether you are latino, black or white, there will always be a wanna be funny guy outhere trying to get attention so he will say stupid shit, be cause they lack of genuine humor or lack imagination. this land belongs to no one, it belongs to the almighy in the heavens and this holds true if you live in mexico, germany, australia, Europe etc.... lets get educated and move forward in the 21st Century to a higher calling other than ouerselfs..

Onemic_951
Onemic_951

I'm glad I'm born in America. There are many places in this world where it is fucked up to born at. As for what Kat said, it's true. If you do love Mexico go fuckin live there. If you think you would be better off over there, get the fuck out. I'm staying here in AMERICA, bitch. Who gives a shit about what territory belong to who. All you dumb asses are wasting your fuckin time, bull shiting about the past. Stupid asses try and show so much love for Mexico but they don't fuckin leave do they? They fuckin stay here in AMERICA or die trying to get here. Bunch of fuckin posers. They should should stop telling me to learn spanish, too. I don't go to fuckin Mexico and tell them to learn fuckin English. If you wanna live in Russia, you better learn fuckin Russian, if you wanna live in China you better learn Chinese, if you wanna live in America you better learn English.      

Qromex
Qromex

I was a big fan of kat will until I saw this side of him this went from a joke into pro american racism defense hes lucky I wasnt there probably would have slapped the taste out his mouth one thing for sure he lost a fan here he lost his shine after being one of my favorites racism is a thing of the past keep it there it goes for everyone!!!!! peace-

Goodlooking Latina chick
Goodlooking Latina chick

Yo Katt please do not come to L.A. unless you look like KOBE keep on walkingto the back of the bus!

beauty
beauty

You are full of shit... It was racial... Black people would have a huge issue if whites or hispanics started calling you niggers and talking about how big thier noses are and how they were slaves, etc. etc... Black people can talk about everyone else but when everyone else starts talking about blacks boy oh boy watch out... Katt performed in Arizona, where most Mexicans live... he was wrong and should apologize.. and no I'm not Mexican... but I'm not ignorant either.

Wife of Vietnam Vet
Wife of Vietnam Vet

This man is out of line as a fourth genration Mexican I was born in this country in 1951I have raised all my chilldren as Americans first aways embracing our Mexican culture no they are not gardners they are Berekley and UCLA Grads I have high respect for any immigrants that come to this country and work hard to put food on the table. Ranting racial slurrs is not funny! I will do my best thur my social net work and power to make sure that Katt gets kickedoff the stage and disapears pushing a lawn mower is much more honorable than hurling dirtout of your mouth. I love the USA we all came from somewhere, it is a sad day when a fellow American thinks it is comedy to put a whole race down. PEACE

The men!..
The men!..

Katt Williams Is a bitch!.. Porch monkey!.

Djscoob14
Djscoob14

I always saw him as a funny comedian. Now he lost a fan. That latino guy had balls to say and do what he did. Why didnt williams give him a mic so people can hear him out y did he need bodyguards ..did he feel threatened. Now thats a bitch move..short shit wouldve got his ass handed to if he wasnt such a bitch about it

Spokker
Spokker

My great-grandfather came over here from Mexico. My grandfather, who grew up in LA, hated Latinos who were so nationalistic about Mexico. When he saw a pickup truck with a Mexican flag he would exclaim, "If you like Mexico so much, go back there!"

My family left Mexico and never looked back. They never sent money back and never visited. I am so Americanized today that it hardly matters anymore, but that was my family.

If California were still Mexico, people would be leaving this so-called ancestral land for better opportunities in whatever boundaries the United States would have in this alternate universe. 

There is still plenty of lands that are still Mexico and they are correct, underdeveloped and dangerous.

llm
llm

Williams crossed the line.  I lived by a military base and a lot of the soldiers were Mexican-Americans so this is really f*cked up.  I'm not Mexican but I will not support people like Williams.  He went on this rant because he has no talent, he had no other jokes to say except dissing Mexicans.  And i'm proud to say that Mexicans WORK no shame in that!!!!

Delialh11
Delialh11

i could give to shits about  mexicans being here in america, if only they would pay their fucking taxes and quit feeding off our government and the people that actually work and pay their taxes, your medicaid, food stamps, and everything else you didnt pay your fucking taxes for.  Spend the money you make in America instead of sending more than half your illegal paycheck back to where you came from.  

GustavoAreola
GustavoAreola

its was awesome!! Good for Katt he just spoeaking his mind and no one cant take that waya from em! and for fuck sakes its a comedy show!, bot like Alvarez at the Council Meeting!Come on look at all the old skool comedians this aint nothing new...... God Bless Em!! 

liberals are hypocrites
liberals are hypocrites

okaaay... our conversation is at an end as you are obviously a conspiracy type nutjob... tell me, what do u really think they have at area 51 and did oswald really kill kennedy? lol.....

Don Cabron
Don Cabron

Pinche Mayate....here he's talking about us Mexicans going back when he's making claims that "blacks were brought from Africa AGAINST their will" (which is very, very true) but for $200 he can buy a 1-way ticket and get his 4-foot ass back to his Motherland...of course the bitch won't go back cause he has OPPORTUNITY here.  Which happens to be the same reason Mexicans (and all other Latinos) come here to work....I thought Katt was a lot smarter than what he portrayed, yet he let bigotry get the best of him....

liberals are hypocrites
liberals are hypocrites

lol@ ashcon... you mean imperial china was funding the railroads?  go back to school sweetie and this time, try to stay awake during history class

wildkitty3
wildkitty3

Wow really? That is such a bold statement. Educate yourself to look at the history of what happened to the land. We may not disagree if it was stolen or not. However, the people were far from lazy!! If they were so lazy then why did the U.S. use them to build railroads, highways, mining,etc?. You are right about one thing though, some things never change, people continue to look to those "lazy" people to get the jobs done that the REAL lazy people don't want to do.

wildkitty3
wildkitty3

Wow really? That is such a bold statement. Educate yourself to look at the history of what happened to the land. We may not disagree if it was stolen or not. However, the people were far from lazy!! If they were so lazy then why did the U.S. use them to build railroads, highways, mining,etc?. You are right about one thing though, some things never change, people continue to look to those "lazy" people to get the jobs done that the REAL lazy people don't want to do. 

wildkitty3
wildkitty3

Though I am disappointed to hear the comments Katt Williams made recently, this situation brings the dialogue we should be having as a nation about race relations. However, not in this manner. The issue isn't a matter of  what race had a richer or deeper history, though this is a very important of who we are as a people today. The dialogue displayed here is evidence of how we are working to build walls between two communities of people that should be working together to strengthen our youth, the decedents of rich histories that have worked so hard to be where we are today. In our society it is acceptable to disrespect fellow humans. What are we teaching our youth? 

Yopiu
Yopiu

I hope the Mexican cartels see this shit and decapitate that ignorant bastard.

Xicana!
Xicana!

Look know Ur History n why Mexicans come to US....I'm Xicana! N proud of it! I know that many do not have a choice because US has fucked MX over with NAFTA n therefor immigration has risen!! So FUCK katt n his racist ass!!

nica man sf
nica man sf

its interesting how these white people put other races down based on skin color and theyre out there in the sun tanning and the best they get is Orange. PS all those janitor, gardener remaks???  look around  white people do those jobs too

Roundelay78
Roundelay78

@9db867ef4d74045b98f01bbf2fc96568:disqus

The reason most Mexicans cross the border is because when NAFTA was passed in 1994, it pretty much damn near destroyed Mexico's economy by flooding their markets with U.S. goods which the Mexican farmers couldn't compete with---THAT'S why they came over here in the first damn place---just so they could make a decent living when our government,mind you, messed up their economy. Obviously they AREN'T better off there or they wouldn't be trying to kill themselves getting over here. Being proud of where they came from dosen't make anybody a fucking poser. And while I believe everybody should learn English because this is an English-speaking country, ain't a damn thing wrong with learning another language (I took a Spanish class years ago---it was hard as hell, but fun and a real learning experience).

Roundelay78
Roundelay78

 @798fd8d73a6f26c9f73e828c02c6b48b:disqus

Oh shut the hell up---black people got dissed and dogged worse than anybody virtually form the day we were brought here in chains---for the record, I'm black, and I think what Katt Williams said was some racist bullshit---apparently he couldn't come up with any good jokes, so he just decided it was cool to dog out Mexicans since he figured everyone does---a big assumption on HIS part. Dude's fucked-up and has clearly got some issues anyway, (which caused his long absence from the comedy scene) and apparently still does, his career isn't going to get back on track if he dosen't get his shit straight to begin with.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Oh yeah, you know that stocky latino would have turn Katt Williams into his bitch in about 2 seconds flat.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

"My family left Mexico and never looked back. They never sent money back and never visited."

Kinda sounds like your great-grandfather was running away from Mexico, to severe all family and friend ties I mean, maybe he left a few dead bodies over there, tell me did he change his name once he got here? Just saying, smells fishy to me.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Have you ever heard of a "Sales Tax", "Property Tax"? even undocumented people have to pay that, and guess what, you and I get to file an Income Tax Return at the end of the year to get that money back, Illegal immigrants do not get to file a "TAX RETURNS" so the Government pockets all that money, so ultimately they pay taxes dont they, probably more than you.

liberals are hypocrites
liberals are hypocrites

check history yourself.. mexicans didnt build the railroad, it was the chinese.. looks like they did ok and now their kids are all doctors and lawyers and engineers, while mexicans are still broke ass morons...

Spokker
Spokker

Oh, the rest of his family asked him to go back many times I hear. 

liberals are hypocrites
liberals are hypocrites

bullshit.. ever heard of the earned income credit? they give you 5000 if you are poor and have multiple kids... hmm, sounds like a certain demographic doesnt it?

Don Cabron
Don Cabron

....case in point...just fighting fire with fire....pointing out the stye in his eye....

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

Bullshit, after they built the railroad they got kicked out, and where did they go, that's right south, TO MEXICO!

Joe
Joe

You know your comments just don't insult me anymore, your an idiot...I think your a funny clown....Hey Payaso, tell me another funny!

Roundelay78
Roundelay78

Yeah, the Chinese built the railroads, but they never got paid worth a damn, if they got paid at all---in fact they only got paid in script,not actual money---and if you would bother to read some Chinese-American history,they got discriminated against like most people of color that came to this country--they couldn't live certain places,could only have the lowest-paying jobs. In fact, the "Chinatowns"' that exist were mainly built to keep them from living ANYWHERE near white people,period, in the first place. So pull your racist head out of your ignorant ass and educate yourself instead of spouting this same old-tired ass--you're on the internet, so you have NO excuse NOT to look it up and find out some REAL history for yourself, not the self-serving Republican version of of usually passes for American history. I'm black AND a liberal, so say something to me now! You know you want to!

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

When was the last time you heard of an undocumented person (illegal immigrant) filing for a tax return?  to get your "earned income credit" you NEED TO FILE AN INCOME TAX RETURN, and undocumented person CAN NOT FILE because they are ***UNDOCUMENTED***.

El Cabron
El Cabron

liberals are hypocrites - You are doing a fine job convincing everyone on this blog that you are a true, babbling, idiot.  As US WAR Veteran (thank you for serving, btw) graciously points out,  illegal immigrants pay sales tax, property tax, and federal/state taxes that are "inherent" (even if you claim 9 on your W-r, you still have to pay some tax).  However, since illegal immigrants do not have a SSN (that means social security number), they do not file taxes.  

I'm sure you felt very, very smart when you were quick to point out the "earned income credit" tax rule.  However, you fail to recognize that this "earned income credit" is only applicable to those who have a valid SSN.  Now tell me this Mr. White Smarty pants……I'll paint it as clear as I possibly can………ready????  Here we go:   If illegal immigrants DO NOT file taxes, which means that the IRS does not get any paperwork from them and for all intents and purposes does not know who they are, where they live or if they even exitst….then, HOW IN THE EFF DO THEY GET EARNED INCOME CREDIT NUMBNUTS?????  Explain to me HOW they get the $5000 if the IRS doesn't even know they're alive????   The IRS doesn't just randomly mail $5K for earned income credit if you don't file.

….and I know this because I experienced it first hand with my parents when we came here….

Btw, I'm the guy that wrote above, the Mexican-born, US Naturalized, UCLA Engineering Graduate….have you started your spanish courses?  Apurate!   (Very good!  That means hurry!)

liberals are hypocrites
liberals are hypocrites

and yet, despite discrimination that far exceeds those against mexicans, the chinese have not only survived they have prospered.. they have prospered without any govt hand-outs, racial preferences in schools and despite all this they have succeeded while blacks and mexicans continue to bitch and moan... maybe you should copy the asian way of living

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