A pair of Dave Chappelle comedy specials hit Netflix just in time to ring in the New Year, and a segment of the new content is at the centre of some controversy. Chappelle has come under fire for his commentary on the #MeToo movement and, more specifically, jokes about allegations against Louis C.K., Kevin Spacey, and Harvey Weinstein.
In Chappelle’s special titled The Bird Revelation, the comedian stated “One lady said, ‘Louis C.K. masturbated in front of me, ruined my comedy dreams.’ Word? Well then I dare say, madame, you may have never had a dream. Come on man, that’s a brittle spirit. That is a brittle-ass spirit, that is too much, this grown-ass woman.”
In regards to the numerous accounts of Louis C.K. masturbating in front of women, Chappelle went on to say those allegations were “the only one that made me laugh. It’s terrible, I know it’s terrible. I’m sorry, ladies… At the same time, you know what I mean, Jesus Christ, I don’t know, they took everything from Louis. It might be disproportionate, I can’t tell, I can’t tell, this is like where it’s hard to be a man.”
Chappelle also made light of the allegations against Kevin Spacey by then 14-year-old actor Anthony Rapp, saying Rapp “grew up to be gay anyway.” Chappelle also joked about Weinstein, saying “Yeah, he rapes. I’m not sure this f***er has a choice.”
As is often the intention with comedy, Chappelle has certainly succeeded in offending people. It’s hard to envision that this was the sort of hype Netflix was hoping for following the release of two new specials from the veteran comedian.