Dave Chappelle Says the Harassment Allegations Against Louis C.K. Made Him Laugh... He Was the Only One
During his new Netflix special, the legendary comedian ruffled some feathers by making light of C.K.'s sexual misconduct.
Dave Chappelle is known for pushing comedic boundaries, but one recent comment has landed him in hot water.
During his new Netflix special, Dave Chappelle: Equanimity & The Bird Revelation, Chappelle referenced the sexual harassment allegations against his colleague, Louis C.K. C.K., who eventually apologized for his behavior, was outed by The New York Times for preying on young female comediennes.
"I shouldn't say this, but f-ck it," Chappelle said during his performance. "[C.K.'s] allegations were the only [ones] that made me, like, laugh."
He went on to dig himself deeper.
"One lady said, 'Louis C.K. masturbated in front of me, ruined my comedy dreams,' Chappelle continued. "Word? Well, then I dare say, madam, you may have never had a dream. Come on man, that’s a brittle spirit."
"B-tch, you don’t know how to hang up the phone?" he went on. "How the hell are you going to survive in show business if this is an actual obstacle to your dreams? I know Louis is wrong, I'm just saying, I’m held to a higher standard of accountability than these women are."
*eye roll that never ends*
In November, it was revealed that C.K. invited women to his hotel rooms and masturbated in front of them without their consent. He also allegedly masturbated while on the phone with his female colleagues. This went on for a number of years.
It's true that C.K.'s form of sexual misconduct was different from others like Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey — different, but equally as demeaning and predatory.
Many viewers shared their disappointed in Chappelle's comments on Twitter. Some questioned Netflix directly, and wondered why the streaming service would allow C.K.'s victims to be targeted.