Dave Chappelle has courted controversy with his latest Netflix special by joking that the sexual harassment allegations against Louis C.K. “made him laugh”.
In The Bird Revelation, which was released on New Year’s Eve (31Dec17), Dave addressed the sexual misconduct scandal that swept across Hollywood towards the end of 2017 and included allegations against figures such as Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and fellow comedian Louis C.K.. After Louis admitted the stories were true, he lost a partnership deal with HBO and had his movie I Love You, Daddy dropped.
“Louis was like the turning point. All these allegations were terrible – I shouldn’t say this – but his allegations were the only ones that made me laugh,” Dave said. “It’s terrible, I’m sorry ladies, you’re right. At the same time, Jesus Christ, they took everything from Louis. It might be disproportionate, I can’t tell. This is where it’s hard to be a man.”
He then referenced the woman who said her comedy dreams were ruined after Louis masturbated in front of her, by saying, “Well then I dare say, madam, you may have never had a dream. C’mon man, that’s a brittle spirit… You think if Louis C.K. jerked off in front of Dr. King, he’d be like, ‘I can’t continue this movement?’
“Show business is just harder than that – them women sounded like, I hate to say it, they sounded weak… How the hell are you going to survive in show business if this is an actual obstacle to your dreams?”
The comedian also addressed allegations against Weinstein, noting his appearance and adding, “If it was Brad Pitt doing that sh**t, you wouldn’t have heard a peep,” before moving onto Spacey, who was dropped from House of Cards after he was accused of making sexual advances towards Rent star Anthony Rapp when he was just 14 years old.
Dave joked that Spacey “sniffed that s**t out like a truffle pig” because Rapp “grew up to be gay anyway” before continuing, “And not to victim-blame, but it seems like the kind of situation that a gay 14-year-old kid would get himself into.
“He was 14 years old and forced to carry a grown man’s secret for 30 years. The saddest part is, if he had been able to carry that secret for another six months, I would get to know how House of Cards ends.”