Wanda Sykes' Donald Trump Jokes Draw Boos at Charity Event
"I am certain this is not the first time we've elected a racist, sexist, homophobic president," she said onstage at a charity event in Boston.
Wanda Sykes drew boos from the audience at a charity event in Boston over the weekend when she criticized president-elect Donald Trump.
Onstage at Saturday's Comics Come Home benefit show at the TD Garden, Sykes said, "After the election, I was going around consoling people. I said, 'Guys, look on the bright side' ... I was telling everybody, 'It's OK. It's gonna be OK.' I am certain this is not the first time we've elected a racist, sexist, homophobic president. He ain't the first one, he's just the first confirmed one."
She then began using expletives in addressing the crowd, according to a video posted on Twitter by a person in the audience, and reportedly flipped off the crowd as she exited the stage.
Wanda Sykes booed in Boston. goes on anti trump rant. Insults Trump and his supporters. No jokes just a rant. pic.twitter.com/U69Jzljcgo— Sam DeGreen (@samdegreen) November 13, 2016
Sykes, an African-American lesbian, was one of eight comedians event, which served as the 22nd annual fundraiser for the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care.
In a statement, host Denis Leary told The Boston Globe that the comedians who take part in the benefit are "free to speak their mind."
"For 22 years we have never censored any performer at Comics Come Home," he said. "Each comedian is free to speak their mind. This has resulted in the longest running stand-up charity event in America."
Sykes' attorney told The Boston Herald that she plans to issue a statement about the incident via social media.
Fellow comedian Nick DiPaolo — who says he voted for Trump — also performed during the event. Of Sykes, he told The Herald: "She just kept digging a deeper hole for herself. It was making my blood boil. There's a segment — and they were there last night — who don’t agree with what she was saying. It was a little too soon to take such a stance. You have to be funny first. Otherwise, it's just preaching. Last night, she just took the wrong angle."
DiPaolo also reportedly earned boos for his jokes about liberals, Boston women and Jews and admitted to The Herald that he used an ethnic slur when a female audience member tried to get his attention onstage, calling her a "Peabody Jew."