While performing for students at the University of Central Florida, a frustrated Pete Davidson rebuffed the audience for breaking an apparent “no cellphone” policy.
According to a report from TMZ, the popular “Saturday Night Live” cast member essentially bypassed any comedic performance after he called the students “embarrassing” “privileged little a**holes” and snarked that their “f***ing retarded” behavior is “why the world is gonna end in 25 years.”
It remains unclear if students or paying attendees were aware of the supposed “no cellphone” policy, however. According to TMZ, some students claim this was not addressed by the emcee nor were there signs indicating such a rule.
“You film everything and not enjoy the show for f***ing an hour, then like, I don’t gotta be here,” Davidson told the crowd, the leaked video shows. “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.”
Misreading Davidson’s anger as humor, the crowd loudly cheered. “Don’t clap either,” the 25-year-old quickly scolded, “because like half of you did it!”
“That’s what’s f***ed up about our generation,” he said, noting that those cheering were the “morons” filming. “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,” Davidson continued. “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.”
The comedian then mildly played off the scolding, joking that he “just wanted to be scary.” Though, according to TMZ, Davidson only stayed for a question-and-answer session and told the crowd he was there merely because he was waiting for his Uber driver.
Davidson, who famously tattooed the face of twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to his lower leg, made political waves last year when he mocked U.S. Military veteran Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) for losing one of his eyes in combat. “You may be surprised to hear that he’s a congressional candidate from Texas and not a hitman in a porno movie,” Davidson joked. “I’m sorry. I know he lost his eye in war or whatever.”
Soon after the backlash, Davidson offered a well-received apology to Mr. Crenshaw, who appeared alongside the comedian on “SNL.”