How have the last couple days of your life been? If you’ve managed to avoid punching anyone, getting arrested or angering an A-list celebrity, there’s a good chance they’ve been better than that period in the life of Katt Williams.
The controversial comedian was arrested Monday (Feb. 29) in connection with an assault, shortly after being booed in concert while badmouthing Kevin Hart from the stage.
While performing in Atlanta Sunday (Feb. 28), the 44-year-old “Friday After Next” comedian went off on Hart, calling him a “puppet.”
“I’ve already proven that if the best they got in comedy is Kevin Hart …” he began from the stage. After boos, he continued: “Even if that [expletive is] a puppet, it’s not his fault. We don’t get mad. Just because I’m better than some black dudes, doesn’t mean I’m better than no black dudes.”
Continuing, he added: “I’m saying if you want to be mad at Kermit The Frog, don’t be mad at Kermit The Frog, be mad at Jim Henson. Don’t say ‘[expletive] Donald Duck’ when you really mean [expletive] Walt Disney.”
At some points arguing with his audience, Williams said to one heckler: “Don’t you boo a black man working hard, baby.”
The next day, the Gainesville Police Department says that Williams went to a pool supply store, where they responded to a call and found the comedian lying on the ground outside, with his hands behind his back as if he were expecting to be arrested. According to WGN and a police spokesman, inside the store an employee said that the two had been in an argument, and Williams had punched and thrown something at him; taken into custody, Williams was held on a $5000 bond.
On an evening when African-American involvement in Hollywood was on the minds of many, Hart posted an Instagram from Sunday’s Oscars that seemed to address Williams’ comments without mentioning him by name. “True professionals understand the importance of sticking together & supporting one another,” Hart wrote, standing alongside fellow black comedians Dave Chapelle and Oscars host Chris Rock in what many saw as a show of solidarity against Williams. “At the end of the day we are comedians & there aren’t many that make it to [the] level that we have made it … it’s about helping one another not trying to tear each other down.”
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Me & Dave Chappelle with our brother @chrisrock tonight at the Oscars. True professionals understand the importance of sticking together & supporting one another….at the end of the day we are comedians & there aren't many that make it to level that we have made it. But so many doors are opened from the success of one comedian & when you see those doors open you then have the opportunity to walk thru them….it's about helping one another not trying to tear each other down!!!! The insecure ones will never understand that "Support & encouragement" #Message #DopePic #Legendary