Lisa Lampanelli is at it again. This time though, the tough-talking insult comic has turned up the heat on her already-spicy take on stereotypes. Her recent comments focused on Dayana Mendoza, Lampanelli’s fellow reality show star on Donald Trump’s The Apprentice on NBC.
Building on recent on-air kerfuffles, Lampanelli, billed as “Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean,” said during a recent radio interview, “I actually would love to see [Dayana] giving birth. She’s a spic! She’s going to do it fucking soon, anyway. She’ll be knocked up before the end of the week.”
Dayana, a former Miss Universe from Venezuela, took a less fiery tone in response. The Huffington Post reports that Dayana wrote in an e-mail to that publication on Friday: “I understand that it’s Lisa’s job to make fun of people for a living… If poking fun at me can help her sell tickets to her shows, no problem, I am happy to help her put food on her table. However, when she uses racial slurs, she is not only targeting myself but degrading an entire Hispanic culture.”
Hispanic bloggers and commenters on various blogs and news sites have vigorously rejected Lampanelli’s comments, calling her everything from “a jealous ogre” to “disgusting” and an “idiot.” She does have her defenders, with one Huffington Post commenter pointing out that Hispanic comedians use race in a similarly explosive way, and asking, “Apparently we can dish it out but when the jokes (sic) on us; we cry for the whole world to hear.”
Lampanelli has spent years telling risque jokes and joyfully celebrating/exploiting racial and social stereotypes. The comic has built fame and a sizeable fanbase with her caustic material, and has become a regular on several editions of Comedy Central’s celebrity roasts.
Check out some stand-up from Lampanelli here, courtesy of YouTube:
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