Wanda Sykes learned a hard lesson about putting politics into what should be a fun affair.
On Saturday, Sykes decided to try and lecture the attendees of the Comics Come Home fundraiser in Boston about President-elect Donald Trump’s alleged racism, sexism, and homophobia.
“I am certain this is not the first time we’ve elected a racist, sexist, homophobic president,” she said, at which point many in the audience began to boo.
Instead of changing the topic, however, Sykes decided to double down and swear at the audience.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) November 13, 2016
According to the Boston Herald, Sykes later flipped her middle finger at the audience before she left the stage after her act had concluded.
— Boston Herald (@bostonherald) November 13, 2016
Writing for CBS News last week, commentator Will Rahn noted that the tendency by leftists to mock, insult, and dismiss both Trump and his supporters were tantamount to “a profound failure of empathy:”
What’s worse, we don’t make much of an effort to really understand, and with too few exceptions, treat the economic grievances of Middle America like they’re some sort of punchline. Sometimes quite literally so, such as when reporters tweet out a photo of racist-looking Trump supporters and jokingly suggest that they must be upset about free trade or low wages.
We have to fix this, and the broken reasoning behind it. There’s a fleeting fun to gang-ups and groupthink. But it’s not worth what we are losing in the process.
People like Sykes need to change their attitude quickly, because treating people like garbage – the way Sykes did Saturday – will never win them any new fans.