Dave Chappelle Left Show Because of White People
Dave Chappelle left his $50 million television deal behind because he was oppressed by whitey.
Dave Chappelle says in a new interview that he had several reasons for walking away from his cult-fave “Chappelle’s Show” — and a deal worth more than $50 million. His decision to leave the Comedy Central series last May led fans and industry executives to question his motives, and his sanity.
But in a 10-page spread in the Esquire magazine arriving Saturday, he says he closed “Chappelle” for reasons cultural, professional and personal.
Culturally: “The bottom line was, white people own everything, and where can a black person go and be himself or say something that’s familiar to him and not have to explain or apologize?”
Professionally: “I felt like I was really pressured to settle for something that I didn’t necessarily feel like I wanted.”
Personally: “The thing about show business is that, in a way, it forces dysfunctional relationships in people.”
Chappelle tells the magazine that putting on “Chappelle’s Show” was the best television experience he ever had. He plans to continue telling jokes and entertaining audiences, he says, so long as he can retain a degree of personal and creative freedom.
Actually, my copy of Esquire arrived in the mail a couple of days ago.
And one cure for white people owning everything is a black man spending his $50 million on some stuff. That’d be $50 million worth of stuff not owned by whitey, no?
As to “where can a black person go and be himself or say something that’s familiar to him and not have to explain or apologize” how about a cable television show named after yourself for which you’re paid $50 million? Having watched every episode by now, I can’t imagine what it is that he wanted to say that he was not permitted to say. Unless it was some white guy forcing all of those doo-doo jokes on him.
If so, I apologize on behalf of all white people.
via Gone Hollywood