“This is America – it still is. I apologize for your white privilege”
Comedian George Lopez is the center of yet another controversy stemming from his stand up. This time, the Mexican-American comedian was speaking at the Carousel Ball, a prominent fundraiser for childhood diabetes, when he went started going in on Donald Trump. According to Page Six, Lopez was asked to stop the Trump-related jokes by Trump supporter and Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei. When he didn’t stop, the comedian was booed. Page Six reports Lopez slammed Trump’s border wall, saying, “I guess you can get some Mexicans to do it cheaper and they wouldn’t crush the tunnels underneath.” The video above starts after his Trump jokes. The tension in the room is palpable as Lopez apologizes to the audience, with an extra dig thrown in.
“It’s about the kids, alright. I apologize for bringing politics to an event,” Lopez tells the crowd. “This is America – it still is. I apologize for your white privilege. I’m sorry. If I was a minority in Denver, I’d be upset too.”
Lopez did not return to the stage after announcing a video segment despite being listed as the event’s emcee. Instead, TV host Chris Parente took the stage to fill in for Lopez. In a now-deleted tweet, Parente wrote, “big controversy: host of HUGE charity #CarouselBall, @georgelopez, makes political comments about Trump, drops f-bomb and is escorted out.” Lopez’s team denied this allegation.