Comedian George Lopez has spurred backlash after a video of his racist joke — and harsh response to an audience member — went viral.
The former sitcom star performed at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz., as part of his “Together Live” tour with D.L. Hugley Saturday, Feb. 4. In a video captured by TMZ, an anti-Black joke rubbed a woman in the crowd the wrong way, leading Lopez to curse her out.
“There’s still two rules in the fucking Latino family,” Lopez said. “Don’t marry somebody Black and don’t park in front of our house.”
Many guests are heard laughing as one woman in the front row flipped the comic off.
“Sit your f—— a– down,” Lopez responds. “I’m talking, b—-. Sit your f—— a– down. You paid to see a show, sit your a– down. [If] you can’t take a joke you’re at the wrong m—– f—— place. Sit your f—— a– down or get the f— out of here.”
Lopez had the woman and her party removed by security and seemed to stand by his remarks on Twitter Tuesday, Feb. 7.
You have 2 choices , have a good day or get the fuck out #gacho
— George Lopez (@georgelopez) February 7, 2017
The incident left many upset, not only for Lopez’s reaction but for his racially insensitive joke as well.
Y'all comparing George Lopez to black comics who can be funny while attacking a heckler. What he did wasn't funny
— Lil Choosey Flirt (@ant_sheppard) February 8, 2017
The problem with the George Lopez jokes about Latinos hating Blacks, is you have "Latinos" like George Zimmerman who ACT on that hate
— Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) February 8, 2017
George Lopez was anti-Trump because of what he said towards mexicans yet George Lopez exposed himself as a racist towards black people lol.
— – Colin Brady – (@OhioAtriox1) February 8, 2017
"if you can't take a joke, you're in the wrong place." -george lopez, while not telling jokes for a full minute.
— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) February 8, 2017
here's the part where you remind us how much you hate women generally and black ones particularly. so you can ride for george lopez. ok.
— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) February 8, 2017
was the fact that her berated her for so long knowing fully well why the crowd would support him. And I like George Lopez, but that was way
— Neale (@AbeFroman) February 8, 2017
Black women challenged the notion that they are un-datable.
@BigFrikkinTs George Lopez motivation was hate for Black Women..end of story.
— Arminta (@Armintakamille) February 8, 2017
Meanwhile Black women drive the social media hits so..keep trying us. His tour will have the same attention as that sad shitty show…
— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) February 8, 2017
Several Black people questioned the outrage since they said some hip-hop lyrics degrade women.
Black women that's mad at George Lopez for calling that lady a bitch needs to be mad at every rap song that's out right now..
— SusieB. (@Qweeez) February 8, 2017
Black Women mad at George Lopez but when they hear a rapper call them a bitch about 70 times in a song they like ?? pic.twitter.com/YEGZ6RMaoT
— Tarrique (@TheyHateRique) February 8, 2017
Some of y'all favorite lyrics (that you sing out loud) call Black women "bitches" and "hoes", but y'all trying to off George Lopez? ?
— coach yae. ღ (@_Yeezy) February 8, 2017
At least one person found the defense unacceptable.
Oh God. Ya'll are really trying to make George Lopez's rant about hip hop? Niggas will defend ANYTHING that attacks black women.
— Rod (@rodimusprime) February 8, 2017
Some thought the idea that Latinos don’t date Black people was a well-known fact.
Black people mad at George Lopez for saying Mexicans can’t date black people???? YALL KNEW THIS ALREADY LMAOOO
— Tingis Pingis (@DealMethToKids) February 8, 2017
Tbh George Lopez's joke about not dating a black person is a rule in the Latin community wasn't him being racist. That's very much so true
— local crack dealer (@wholesomeaf) February 8, 2017
Others didn’t see the joke as a big deal.
I see today we're fake outraged over George Lopez. You do realize comedians run on racial jokes right? Chris Rock, Martin, all done em…
— Is it March yet? (@SouthernCard) February 8, 2017
Me before and after this George Lopez thing pic.twitter.com/kNYZ0IlAOF
— #BryantDon'tMatter (@RunDemHansDen) February 8, 2017
George Lopez has been making black jokes for the longest. He is NOT anti black. ? shut y'all sensitive asses up
— ??♀️™ (@MJB_30) February 8, 2017
George Lopez trending for an offensive joke. George Lopez the comedian? pic.twitter.com/ImCgnmaLj7
— Mo Bah (@B_Mobee) February 8, 2017