It’s par for the course to see comedians and others mock and make fun of President Trump, and this week was no exception.
Wanda Sykes, a liberal comedian, was doing a show at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank in New Jersey when she couldn’t resist lighting in to Trump. But perhaps to her surprise, many in her audience weren’t keen on listening to that.
As she went through her show opening by cracking jokes at Trump’s expense, more than a dozen people became so angry that they walked right out of there – or were kicked out for heckling the comedian.
Sykes was making the lame point that Americans are aging more rapidly now that Trump is president, because of the stress so many are supposedly experiencing these days. How about the stress that people endured during Obama’s presidency, though, when the economy was in the tank and people were struggling to put food on the table? To be fair and equitable, Sykes should be dishing out criticism about other presidents too.
“Do some comedy!” and “Too political!” were some of the comments that audience members shouted out in response to Sykes’ so-called comedy.
Here’s what audience member Christine Delancey said about the scene:
“I paid for a comedy show, not for a political venue. First of all, you don’t bash our president. I am not a Trump supporter, but he is my president, and I would never bash my president.”
This patron probably thought she would be able to kick back and have some laughs at the comedy show, rather than having to endure an uncomfortable and offensive rant.
Because Sykes is known for being anti-Trump, some people who attended the show thought that those who were so unhappy that they walked out or heckled the comedian were being too sensitive or unreasonable.
“You knew what you were gonna get. You should have known that it wasn’t going to be pro-Trump,” Gabby Young said.
No, the audience members had no way of knowing just how bad the show would get. Otherwise, if they had known ahead of time that it would be so biased and offensive, they likely wouldn’t have bothered spending their money on tickets or their time making the effort to attend the show.
As golfers Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus said recently, it is important to respect the office of president and the person who holds, whether that is Trump or anyone else. That makes perfect sense, and based on that, Sykes was definitely out of line. It is understandable that those who were offended decided to make a statement by walking out of Sykes’ show.
~ Patriotic Freedom Fighter