I was a fan of Chapelle before his meltdown and saw him live in NYC multiple times. When I saw his comeback special and he launched into the jokes about Nicole Brown’s death and how yeah, she died, but her killer rushed so many yards and what’s a man to do?
This makes me think of Eddy Murphy in his films of stand-up in the late 1980s (I think it was called Outrageous), where a part of his routine involved making fun of gay people. Such ‘humor’ is not.
I appreciate allies like you. Dave Chappelle is a dick. I used to be a fan too but I will never watch his comedy as long as he keeps making my life and existence a punchline. Hopefully if enough people say something things will change.
Thank you, Tyler. I appreciated learning more about the issues, and I admire your thoughtful and active approach to advocate for positive values.
I particularly appreciated your observation that, “The artistic goal of a comedian is not simply to get a laugh, because laughter is little more than a reflex. A comedian, like any…