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Pete Davidson stops show, unleashes tirade against college audience over cell phones

He called the audience “idiots” and used a derogatory term for disabled people.  

 Pete Davidson walks the runway during the Alexander Wang Collection 1 fashion show at Rockefeller Center on May 31, 2019 in New York City.
Pete Davidson walks the runway during the Alexander Wang Collection 1 fashion show at Rockefeller Center in New York City in May.
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Pete Davidson wants you to think twice before you whip out a cell phone while he’s on stage.

The 25-year-old comedian halted his stand-up routine Monday to unload an expletive-filled rant against college students who had their phones out during his show at the University of Central Florida.

The school hosted the ”Saturday Night Live” cast member as part of its Pegasus Palooza Comedy Knight, according to UCF’s website.

In a video shared on YouTube, Davidson can be heard tearing into the audience.

“If you film everything but not enjoy the show for (expletive) an hour, then like, I don’t gotta be here for that,” he said. “You can just give them their money back because I don’t give a (expletive).”

Davidson continued to insult the location of the school that was hosting him.

“So like, whenever somebody else comes to your (expletive) town and wants to perform and is exhausted and flies all the way to the middle of (expletive) nowhere to do jokes for you, you little privileged (expletives), don’t (expletive) ruin the show for people who actually want to be here,” he said.

His comments elicited some laughs from the crowd, but Davidson wasn’t done. When the audience began to applaud, he cut them off.

“Don’t clap, that’s the problem. That’s what’s (expletive) up about our generation,” he said. “That’s why we’re embarrassing.”

He called the audience “idiots” and used a derogatory term for disabled people.

After about 90 seconds, Davidson calmed down.

“Now, I’ll continue,” he said. “I just wanted to scare you.”

The University of Central Florida condemned Davidson’s comments.

“Mr. Davidson’s abusive language, particularly his use of a derogatory slur, is contrary to the University of Central Florida’s values of inclusion and respect for all,” read the statement, provided by University of Central Florida’s Strategic Communications Director Mark Schlueb. “It’s disappointing that his rant spoiled an event that was meant to welcome students back for the fall semester.”

Warning: The video below contains extremely explicit and offensive language.

Read more at usatoday.com.