Comedian Katt Williams isn’t sorry for an anti-Mexican rant he made during a performance in Phoenix, he told CNN on Saturday. He also said the statement that included an apology released last week is not his and that it simply came from a publicist.
“I meant what I said and I said what I meant,” Williams said, referring to his back-and-forth with a heckler during a performance in Arizona—the state that started a new string of anti-immigrant legislation across the country.
“Do you remember when white people used to say ‘Go back to Africa,’ and we’d have to tell them we don’t want to? So if you love Mexico, get the f*ck over there!” Williams said to a Latino heckler.
“If a person starts their heckling with ‘F*ck America’ then that gives me the right to defend my country,” Williams told CNN. But the comedian said that as a comic, he cannot apologize for his uncensored thoughts during a show. Apologies, Williams said, are “for the Tracy Morgan’s of the world,” referring to Morgan’s controversial anti-gay comedy routine earlier this year.
“If there is something anti-Mexican about what I said then I apologize about the anti-Mexicaness of it, I was talking to one individual.”
“Black people worked too hard to become black Americans in this society. We were slaves here. And we did a lot of free work.” Williams said, explaining why he was so offended by the heckler.
“Don’t come here talking to sons of slaves about that.”