PHOENIX — Comedian Katt Williams got into a yelling match with a Latino heckler at recent show in Phoenix, Arizona.
Williams showed a great deal of American patriotism while disrespecting the Latino man due to his pride about being Mexican.
Katt Williams is known to have struggled with mental issues and the line between his performance and his personality has become blurry. In Phoenix, a few nights before his controversial show, he participated in a fight at a Young Jeezy concert and was kicked out of the venue.
Katt Williams has been criticized by Latino advocacy groups and journalists for his comments about Mexicans.
The OC Weekly reports:
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.”
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.
Katt Williams has since apolgized saying: “I sincerely appreciate my fans within the Mexican community and would never intentionally go out of my way to offend them.”