Comic George Lopez was booed off stage at a gala for juvenile diabetes in Denver last week, over an anti-Donald Trump routine that fell flat with the crowd.
We’re told that Lopez responded to Maffei, “Thank you for changing my opinion on old white men, but it doesn’t change the way I feel about orange men.”
Trying to recover and sensing the audience turn, Lopez said, “Listen, it’s about the kids . . . I apologize for bringing politics to an event. This is America — it still is. So I apologize to your white privilege.”
We’re told Lopez also told a joke about Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, saying, “I guess you can get some Mexicans to do it cheaper and they wouldn’t crush the tunnels underneath.”
When the audience did not respond well, he quipped, “Are you El Chapo people?” in reference to the drug kingpin who has used tunnels to evade authorities.
Lopez is a funny guy and has been able to make make poignant social commentaries through his comedy – particularly regarding cultural differences and immigration. The problem with him, and too many like him, is that he has let his hatred of Trump seep into everything. He can’t help himself. So while he is supposed to be just a funny MC for an event to raise money to fight juvenile diabetes, he uses it as an opportunity to just vent about Trump. It isn’t even funny. It’s just hate. Which is why people were turning on him. Americans have a long history of enjoying political comedy and satire and can generally roll with the punches. But when it is just an un-funny political hate rant, nobody wants to hear it.
Meanwhile, Lopez put his own political hatred above the kids with diabetes. He couldn’t help himself even for a few minutes on behalf of kids. That’s a lot of hatred to contend with.