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Comedian George Lopez is fielding a wave of backlash over a verbal altercation with an audience member during a recent comedy show. That audience member objected to Lopez joking about Black people: “[There are] two rules in a f*cking Latino’s family: don’t marry somebody Black and don’t park in front of our house.” Now, while some many have found that funny, others, as Lopez learned seconds later, did not.

An unidentified woman took exception to the first bit of the joke and got out of her seat to object. That prompted Lopez to go nuclear. “Sit your f*cking a** down. Sit your f*cking a** down. I’m talking b*tch so sit your f*cking ass down. You paid to see a show so sit your a** down. If you can’t take a f*cking joke you’re in the wrong f*cking place. Sit your a** down or get the f*ck out.”

The two continued sparring for over a minute until Lopez finally called on security to escort the woman out. The incident has become a hot topic on social media as people have debated if the comedian was out of line. Some suggested that Lopez is anti-Black while others used the material to birth jokes of their own.

Anyone upset over the joke portion of the video must have a warped sense of comedy. For decades (as noted above), comedians like Richard Pryor, Ralphie May, Daniel Tosh, George Carlin, Eddie Murphy and Dave Chappelle have used race and our anxieties and fears about ourselves and others to make us laugh. To attack Lopez over making a joke about Latinos and Blacks dating doesn’t seem reasonable.

The problem everyone should have with this video however is the total disrespect Lopez shows the woman. Simply saying, “If you can’t take a joke, you’re in the wrong place,” would have sufficed. But to spend two full minutes berating the woman isn’t funny, honorable of justifiable. It’s deplorable. And so is calling a woman a “b*tch” in front of thousands of people because she objected to your joke. On the other hand, the woman had no business going to a comedy show, sitting front row and heckling the person others paid good money to see if she was going to be hypersensitive about topics.

Still, Lopez is a star and should understand the climate that we’re living in. With Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren being silenced by her male colleagues this week, you’ll likely hear more cries that Lopez is a misogynist for his behavior than you would have two month ago. And those cries are at least understandable if not accurate based on the video above.

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