George Lopez is being challenged to an old-fashioned Mexican standoff.
During his live stand-up special on HBO Saturday night, the 51-year-old funnyman wasn't in a laughing mood when he launched into an expletive-filled tirade against Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio—blasting him over his controversial anti-immigration policies that have roiled the Latino community, of which Lopez is a member.
What he didn't expect, however, was the lawman's response.
"Sheriff Joe in Arizona, f--k you, you f--king puto," railed Lopez. "How about that? F--k you. You fat motherf--ker. F--k you."
They weren't much in the way of jokes, but they drew mostly applause from his audience with a smattering of boos. The comedian also took shots at Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting Mitt Romney, calling him the Spanish word for a male prostitute.
But his most heated rhetoric was reserved for Arpaio, who, as the man responsible for law enforcement in Maricopa County, is the center of an uproar over his office's alleged racial profiling of Latinos to identify illegal immigrants as well as accusations of abuses of power that have resulted in a Justice Department lawsuit (you can watch the full NSFW rant here).
Sheriff Joe, however, was having none of it.
"I was surprised at the language," the 80-year-old sheriff told an ABC affiliate in Phoenix. "It was pretty nasty."
He then suggested Lopez tell it to his face.
"Get some guys, come down here and meet me face to face. Let's see how you act then," added Arpaio, who said he happened to be channel surfing that night and came across Lopez's rant but had no idea it was about him.
But the sheriff wasn't without a sense of humor, either.
"What, is he the spokesman for the open border people?" quipped Arpaio. "See, I can be funny too. Now let's see if he has the guts to meet me and I'll be happy to take him to a Mexican lunch."
Them's fightin' words.
A rep for Lopez was unavailable for comment.