“I’m Still In The Running To Be A Lopez”: Sheryl Underwood Defends Ya Boy
This week’s upset comes by way of the comedienne’s defense of fellow comedian George Lopez, who pissed off many a Black woman — including one in his own audience — when he told a joke about one of two rules in the Latino family being you don’t marry somebody Black. When a woman in the crowd threw up her middle finger at the remark, the Mexican-American comic then called her every b-tch in the book and told her sit her a– down.
Enter Sheryl Underwood who wants to remind us George isn’t racist. George likes Black people. I like George. Oh, and it was the audience member’s own fault for getting cursed out.
“I have great affection for George Lopez,” Sheryl started, to which co-host Aisha Tyler chimed in with, “As do I; he’s been very kind to both of us in our careers. He’s helped us both and he’s a good friend.”
“I am a Black woman and I want to tell y’all something,” Sheryl continued. “I’ve been there where, see, that’s why we don’t want to be recorded inside of the venue. Because if you just look at it from the outside in, you think, ‘Oh, he’s attacking this Black woman.’ But once you throw up the bird twice and you’re in the first few rows, you have now inserted yourself into the show and it depends on the mood of the comic of how they handle it.
“He did not say that he wouldn’t marry a black woman, ’cause I’m still in the running to be a Lopez. He said that there’s some things you can’t do…Jokes seem to be more racial, more sexist, but when you come into the venue, you have to expect what happens in the house, and he who holds the mic, or she who holds the mic, runs the house.
“But let me say this. I am pro-Black female, but if you put yourself into it, you gon’ get lit up. I would have said, ‘B-tch, that’s why ain’t nobody gon’ marry you because you talking in my show.”
Interestingly, the woman in the audience actually called into the Tino Cochino radio show and explained her side of the story. She told the hosts, “He made the comment that Black people and Mexican people should not mate. So, jokingly, I got up and I laughed and I said “F-ck you I’m Black and Mexican.”
The woman added that she wasn’t necessarily offended by what George Lopez said, her point was, “When you have that much power in the Mexican community, don’t make an ignorant a– comment like that. So for everybody that’s commenting that I cant take a joke. The comedian needs to be able to take a joke.”