“SNL” star Pete Davidson said the anti-COVID lockdown protests there make the borough’s residents look like “babies” — but quipped that he’s glad that he’s no longer the “worst thing about Staten Island,” his native borough.
The “King of Staten Island” comedian riffed on the rallies outside the bar that declared itself a COVID-19 restriction “autonomous zone” when he appeared on the “Weekend Update” segment.
“I saw the protests, people were outside the bar shouting about freedom, talking to cops, chanting that they should arrest the governor so I just assumed that it was a typical last call,” Davidson said.
Davidson explained that the bar, Mac’s Public House, is located in a “neighborhood with the second-highest COVID infections in all of New York, so the rule is that they’re only supposed to let people eat or drink outside.”
“And the owner said, no one wants to do that because they’ll go out of business,”
“But the argument that people in Staten Island don’t want to drink outside can be disproven by going to literally any Little League game.”
Davidson said he was “kind of” against the protests, but at least he’s “no longer the first thing people think of when they say, ‘What’s the worst thing about Staten Island?’”
He claimed that the protesters were making Staten Islanders “look like babies.”
“You know it’s bad when people in Boston are like, ‘Ahh, drink at home, you queers!’” he joked.
Mac’s Public House has continued to serve customers indoors throughout the week despite a shut-down order by the state Health Department and the revocation of its liquor license.