About a dozen people walked out of Wanda Sykes’ comedy stand-up show at a theater in Red Bank, New Jersey, on Thursday over her attacks on President Donald Trump.
The 54-year-old comedian started out her show making jokes about how the president thought that part of his speech at the U.N. General Assembly this week that was met with laughter was not at him but with him, according to the Asbury Park Press Friday.
“What was the joke he told?” Sykes asked the crowd.
She also made a joke about how, unlike past administrations, the American people were the ones aging quickly since he had been in office, rather than the other way around.
Bunch of people heckled @iamwandasykes at her Count Basie Theatre for doing a significant amount of material about our…current political climate.
Her response: “What do you expect? I’m a black lesbian.”
— Courtney Marabella (@CourtMarabella) September 28, 2018
The audience tried to get her to stop being political and began heckling “Evan Almighty” star.
“Do some comedy!” one person exclaimed
Another attendee said, “Too political!”
The comedian only stopped to ask what the audience expected to see at her show and then continued her attacks.
One person told the outlet that they thought one of the hecklers and his party was removed by the theater by staff. Others walked out over the Trump bashing, while some because they thought it was unfair that the heckler had to leave.
The walkouts then got into a yelling match in the lobby of the theater with staff and other showgoers. Some demanded refunds while others were upset about being thrown out and the content of her show.
“I paid for a comedy show, not for a political venue,” Christine Delancey said. “First of all, you don’t bash our president. I am not a Trump supporter, but he is my president, and I would never bash my president.”
For those who stayed, they said they found the show entertaining.
“[Sykes] made her point — she’s a black lesbian,” Gabby Young said, quoting what Sykes told the hecklers. “You knew what you were gonna get. You should have known that it wasn’t going to be pro-Trump.”