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Celebrity Slam - Pete Davidson yells at cloud

August 27, 2019
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We’ve been known to occasionally get a little crotchety here at Celebrity Slam. We’ve been at this for some time now and the world is constantly changing and evolving. What mattered yesterday is forgotten today and nostalgically embraced tomorrow. Do we like change? Not really. But we begrudgingly accept it.

That said, we’re still susceptible to an “old man yells at cloud” moment every now and then. However, when we have them, we tend not to do so in a public forum.

Pete Davidson, on the other hand …

The “SNL” star was doing a set at the University of Central Florida the other night when the actions of his audience led him to go full-on “get off my lawn,” which is hysterical for a number of reasons.

Apparently, what set the comedian off was the sight of numerous audience members using their phones to film the set. What followed was a string of abuse as he railed against the college kids in the crowd by calling them “privileged little a—holes” and mocked the school for “being in the middle of f---ing nowhere.”

Our favorite part of all was when he decided to go deeper on his feelings with regards to kids today, calling them embarrassing and basically declaring that when the world ends in 25 years, it’ll be their fault. He closed with another f-bomb followed by an unfortunate use of a derogatory r-word.

(We won’t write it – if you can’t figure it out from context, the internet will tell you.)

After that, well … you know what, we’ll just let Pete’s own words do the talking.

“Just behave. I have to have my f---ing boy patrol you guys, like you’re five years old? That’s f---ing 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 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 up.”

Nothing gives you the high ground in a conversation about maturity quite like dropping a bunch of f-bombs on an audience of college kids because you’re mad about their cell phones, you know? Oh, and for the record, there was no indication that phones weren’t to be used. There were no signs and the opening acts didn’t mention a thing.

There’s a lot to unpack here. We can start with the fact that at just 25, Davidson is barely older than the “kids” that he’s yelling at. And considering the life that he’s lived up to this point, it seems strange that he would appoint himself an arbiter of maturity. To go into meltdown because some UCF sociology major isn’t paying close enough attention to him, well … let’s just say it doesn’t strengthen his argument.

Because that’s the thing here – he does have a point. For those of us beyond a certain age threshold, there’s something extremely rude about people having their phones out in that sort of situation – a comedy show, a concert, even a movie theater. We understand why Davidson would be irked by something like that.

But come on, man. Keep it together. This kind of thing is just shouting into the void, only the void is ready to sell the video to TMZ. You can rail against the privileged class all you want, but it isn’t going to fix anything. Doing it this way not only fails to get your point across, it undermines it – you’re the one who looks like the entitled dips—t, valid point or no.

Should people just leave their phones in their pockets during events like this? Sure. The notion of failing to experience something in the moment so that you can watch it through a screen, all in the name of somehow proving that you experienced the thing that you didn’t actually fully experience, feels foolish to those of us of a certain age.

Here’s the thing, Pete. You may not like it, but this is how the world works now. Put up a sign next time. Oh, and for the record, we’re not sure will be responsible for the end of the world, but UCF’s incoming class of 2023 ain’t it.

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