LOS ANGELES – Filipino-American comedian Edwin San Juan said he believes he’s been caught in the middle of a political feud between opponents of Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca.
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s department is embroiled in controversy, after the 44-year-old comedian’s performance at the Sheriff’s Day Luncheon on Wednesday. Some of the estimated 700 people in attendance at the formal luncheon described San Juan’s stand up routine (one he’s been doing for years) as offensive, racist, and sexually explicit.
“[San Juan] managed to insult every ethnic group,” one attendee told Los Angeles Times. “There was a lot of cringing and nervous laughter … I was sitting there thinking, ‘Are you kidding me?’” San Juan said he believes the people that spoke out against his performance. Blaming the Sheriff department and Sheriff Baca was a small crowd, who “probably had it in (problems) with the Sheriff.”
“I think this is all politics and I’m caught in the middle of it,” San Juan told the Asian Journal. “Everyone was having a good time. They were laughing at my jokes. They gave me a plaque. People approached me afterwards and were taking pictures with me. I even brought my mom to the event.” -
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