Ludacris has made a stand for fans who were upset by news of hurtful jokes about the late Paul Walker's death being made during Justin Bieber's comedy roast.
The offensive material was clipped from the public broadcast, but not before they were heard by Walker's friend and co-worker, Ludacris, during the live event.
After being hurt and shocked by the jokes about the crash that caused Walker's untimely death, Ludacris spoke out to Dish Nation about how much hearing such crass statements about his departed friend hurt. The 37-year-old rapper told interviewers:
"There were some Paul Walker jokes that were in the roast that I was definitely not feeling at all. And I kinda was vocal about it, and I almost didn’t make it through the Roast because I was ready to slap the hell outta somebody. But I was a good sport."
Ones of the jokes that caused the enormous offense was by comedian Jeff Ross who said:
"Move b***h, get out of the way, is what Paul Walker should’ve told that tree. Too soon? Too fast? Too furious?"
Although the very nature of a roast means that anybody, living or dead, is fair game, Ludacris has made it clear that he didn't find the jokes acceptable. He explained:
"Let me just say this – aside from the Paul Walker jokes, I thought it was a great roast. Nobody was safe, we were all laughing at the jokes on ourselves and joking on everybody else. However, you can all agree to disagree with me, I know what was said and I felt like it was inappropriate and I’m going to stand by that no matter what anybody says to me."
I'm sure that Ludacris is echoing a sentiment that most of us can agree with. Walker passed away less than two years ago and imagining his family hearing these throwaway comments about their son, brother, father or friend is just heartbreaking.
A Spokesperson from Comedy Central spoke out about their discussion to remove the crass joke, they explained:
"Roasts often push the limits of good taste … sometimes the line is discovered by crossing it. The Paul Walker references will not be in the telecast."
(Source: Hello U)