Angry because several University of Central Florida students had broken his “no cell-phone” rule, comedian Pete Davidson, who was there to perform at the school’s “Welcome Back” show, burst into a profanity-laced rant about millennials instead. Here’s what he had to say to his audience:
You film everything and not enjoy the show for f***ing an hour, then like, I don’t gotta be here. I can just give them their money back, because I don’t give a f***. So, like, whenever somebody else comes to your f***ing town and wants to perform and is f***ing exhausted and flies all the way to the middle of f***ing nowhere to do jokes for you little privileged a**holes, don’t f***ing ruin the show for people who actually wanna be here.
Students at first thought this was part of his act and began to applaud. Davidson quickly put an end to that. “Don’t clap either, because like half of you did it!” And he continued.
That’s what’s f***ed up about our generation. That’s why we’re embarrassing. That’s why the world is gonna end in 25 years, because you’re all f***ing retarded.
You should f***ing grow up. It says ‘no phones,’ it says a thing on there. It’s just like, you’re just supposed to just like behave. I have to have my guy like f***ing patrol you guys like you’re five years old? That’s fucking embarrassing. You should grow up. Where’s the next generation? Don’t you want adults to respect us? Don’t you want your parents to, like, be proud of you? You know how f***ing embarrassing it is to be our age and walk out and know everybody thinks you’re a f***ing idiot? Grow the f*** up.
According to TMZ, when Davidson finally ended his rant, “he did a brief Q&A with the crowd but said he was only sticking around because he had to wait for his Uber.”
Unsurprisingly, none of the students were too pleased about his performance and took to Twitter to express their feelings.
if you saw pete davidson tonight at ucf … we all came out of this uncomfortable ass experience closer together
— 𝕵𝖚𝖑𝖎𝖆 (@this_is_spiffy) August 27, 2019
One student tweeted, “Imagine going on a 5 minute … rant about how you hate millennials recording s–t and then tryna backtrack into making it a motivational speech 🥴 we ain’t even pay to see this s–t;;;; reLAX!” tweeted one show attendee, while another echoed the sentiment, calling the ordeal “a s— show.”
Another wrote, “It was a S–T SHOW! he went on a whole rant bcs a few ppl were recording and he started yelling about how we need to grow up and that we’re r-words and b—— and then he was like mad bcs no one was LAUGHING! u could feel the tension and how uncomfortable it was.”
Davidson famously had an audience member removed from a show in South Orange, NJ. The comedian was setting up a joke about a friend who had passed out in his apartment which he at first thought was a heart attack. He said, “So a funny thing happened to me recently in my apartment … my friend died of a heart attack.”
Someone called out, “Mac Miller!” Mac Miller was another friend who had recently died of a drug overdose.
Another audience member told the New York Post that, “Pete calmly stops his routine and asks the audience to ID the dude that yelled out and that he is going to have to leave. He then asks security to locate the yeller and escort him out…And give him back his money. I don’t want his money.”
He is also well-known for mocking Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) who had lost an eye in combat. He joked “You may be surprised to hear that he’s a congressional candidate from Texas and not a hitman in a porno movie. I’m sorry. I know he lost his eye in war or whatever.”
Davidson apologized to Crenshaw and Crenshaw even appeared on a later episode of Saturday Night Live with him. Still, he crossed a line with his joke.
At any rate, the students did not deserve to listen to Davidson’s verbal abuse as they began the new school year. He was there to entertain them, not to berate them.
The university issued a statement on Tuesday which read:
Mr. Davidson’s abusive language, particularly his use of a derogatory slur, is contrary to the University of Central Florida’s values of inclusion and respect for all. It’s disappointing that his rant spoiled an event that was meant to welcome students back for the fall semester.
I’ve heard it said that often when we point our finger at others, three fingers point back at us. Could it be that Davidson is the “privileged little a**hole” instead?
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