Wanda Sykes Curses Out Audience Members When They Boo Her Trump Jokes

PASADENA, CA - APRIL 02: Wanda Sykes arrives at the 2015 NBCUniversal Summer press day held at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on April 2, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
Wanda Sykes at the 2015 NBCUniversal Summer press day on April 2, 2015, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo: Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

In case you were wondering, Wanda Sykes did not vote for Donald Trump — and on Saturday night, while performing at the Comics Come Home fundraiser, the comedian extraordinaire took on not only the president-elect but audience members as well. “S***’s f***ed up,” she said as soon as she got onstage. “I’m a black gay woman, so I ain’t happy right now.” She went on to declare it “is angry white guy time right now.”

She then speculated that Caitlyn Jenner might be thinking she “jumped the gun” on this one. (ICYMI, Jenner famously declared her support for Trump in the early days of his campaign.)

The audience kept laughing as Sykes called Trump an orangutan and said he was too old to learn how to be more mild-mannered. “Donald Trump is 70. That motherf***er ain’t learning s***. He’s the crazy man,” she said. The comedian argued that white people loved nostalgia, while black people don’t like looking any further back than the ’70s.

“I am certain this is not the first time we’ve elected a racist, sexist, homophobic president,” she said. “He ain’t the first one. He’s just the first confirmed one.” And that’s when things took a turn because apparently some members of the audience didn’t think that was funny.

Realizing some people in the crowd weren’t with her anymore, Sykes lashed out. “F*** you, motherf***ers! F*** all y’all. F*** all y’all.” She then pointed at specific audience members and said, “F*** you, f*** you, f*** you, you, and you.” The boos intensified as she stopped trying to be funny and instead made her case.

“The evidence is there. The evidence is there. How can you say he’s not racist?” she asked. “‘Grab them by the p****?’ How can you say he’s not sexist? How can you say he’s not racist? How can you say he’s not homophobic?” From her tone, it was obvious that the comedian was genuinely distressed and angered by the audience’s response — and from the audience’s response, it was obvious that some people didn’t think calling the president-elect an orangutan was funny. (For what it’s worth, when Denis Leary took the stage following Sykes’s set to introduce the next performer, he reportedly defended her to the Boston crowd.)

Still, the mood was somewhat strained as this was a strangely heated exchange during what was meant to be a lighthearted event. On the plus side, the evening was for a good cause, raising money for the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care.