Dave Chappelle mocks Hollywood sexual harassment victims in new Netflix comedy special

Lawrence Kim
January 2, 2018

Dave Chappelle is coming to Louis C.K.

The controversial comic takes aim at the #MeToo movement in The Bird Revelation, released on Netflix on New Year's Eve, and the increasing number of high profile men in entertainment, the media and politics who have been accused of sexual misconduct in recent months.

But, he said, "Louis was like the turning point. All these allegations were bad - I shouldn't say this - but his allegations were the only ones that made me laugh", Dave said.

Chappelle says that if Louis C.K. had masturbated in front of civil-rights icon Martin Luther King, he doubts that King would have dropped his "dream". But at the same time, Jesus Christ, they took everything from Louis. It might be disproportionate, I can't tell. "Yet, it is important that I acknowledge, ladies, you are absolutely right".

Over all, though, Chappelle did say he supports the movement, saying on a more serious note, "if you win, [my daughter] wins, and I'm rooting for you".

He then added: "Show business is just harder than that". Here and when he discusses women who've been treated horribly by everyone from Harvey Weinstein to Louis C.K., Chappelle has a fundamental bottom line, which is race.

Chappelle, 44, went on to address C.K.'s incident with writer Abby Schachner, with whom he masturbated while on the phone.

"Show business is just harder than that", Chappelle said, bringing up Schachner again.

"B., you don't know how to hang up a phone?"

Louis C.K. acknowledged his sexual misconduct in November after five women accused him of unwanted advances. "One lady said, 'Louis C.K. masturbated in front of me, ruined my comedy dreams, '" he says.

But now he has a daughter, he feels a little differently, hoping that they win the fight against sexual assault and harassment because 'if you win, she wins, and I'm rooting for you'.

In a more sober turn, Chappelle - who also courted controversy a year ago after his Netflix comeback special Spin was accused of being transphobic - brushes away naming-and-shaming culprits as an effective way of instilling cultural change in the industry. But because of how the system works, it's so compartmentalized as far as information, the only way we can figure out what the system is, is if everyone says what they did.

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