Wanda Sykes responds to reports that she was 'booed offstage' for anti-Trump jokes

By Helena Andrews-Dyer

Comedian Wanda Sykes took to Facebook to clarify what happened at her Boston show over the weekend.
Comedian Wanda Sykes took to Facebook to clarify what happened at her Boston show over the weekend.

Wanda Sykes wants to set the record straight.

At a stand-up show in Boston on Saturday, Sykes, who has never shied away from political punchlines, did not get booed offstage by audience members who didn't like her jokes about President-elect Donald Trump, as reported by Fox News. But there were boos.

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"First of all, I was not booed OFF stage," wrote Sykes on her official Facebook page Monday night. "I didn't go anywhere. I was booed while ON stage in the middle of my set. Some people in the audience didn't want to hear my Trump jokes.

Hell, I couldn't even get to the punchlines. They were booing the setups."

In the not-safe-for-work video snapshot of her set, Sykes is seen walking the stage while trying to set up a joke about Trump being a racist. She's trying to console her friends.

*Warning: This clip contains explicit language

"I said, 'guys look on the bright side ... it's going to be OK, I am certain this is not the first time we've elected a racist, sexist, homophobic president.'" That was the setup. Her punchline? "He's just the first confirmed one." By then, the boos were drowning out the laughs, and Sykes immediately went on the defensive with a response laced with f-bombs.

"The evidence is there," continued Sykes. "Grab 'em 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?"

In her Facebook post, Sykes explained that she then moved on to other material from her notebook and "got some laughs and said good night."

"I left the stage with my head held high and with my middle finger even higher," she wrote.

Reports of the incident noted that before Sykes exited, a woman came on stage, gave the comedian a kiss and then threw up the peace sign. That woman was Sykes's wife, Alex. The crowd applauded the couple, and that moment, concluded Sykes, "gave me a little hope for our future."

- Washington Post

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