White stand-up comic Gary Owen was performing when a heckler decided to interrupt his set. “At one point I was doing a Trump joke, and he said ‘Yeah, there’s more of us than there is of them.’ And he kept talking, so I kicked him out,” Owen said in a video posted to social media.
But things didn’t end there. The heckler, Joseph Lanham, decided to take his bickering even further sending Owen several messages (spelling kept as is):
Your at a nigga living piece of shit and we are paying for you warefafe loving niggers.
Lanham then told Owen to “swim in deep waters,” calling him a “b***h mothef****r.”
As it turns out, one person who saw the video was Lanham’s boss at National Roofing of Collier, Ralph Goddard. “It angers you,” Goddard told NBC 2. “I mean, there’s no call for it.”
National Roofing even received threats of violence because of Lanham’s outburst. “I was fearful for my employees to even come in this morning because I didn’t know what to expect,” he said.
Goddard didn’t just fire Lanham—he also fired Lanham’s wife.
Lanham claimed that alcohol was to blame and that he’s not racist.
Sadly, there are some victims here. Other people named Lanham. “Many other ppl [sic] with the name Joseph Lanham has sent me messages saying ppl are leaving negative messages on their page,” Owen wrote. “The Joseph you are looking for is not on Facebook anymore.”
Owen also stated that he would donate Lanham’s ticket cost of $40 to the NAACP.
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