At a rare stand-up performance at The Cutting Room in New York Sunday night 43-year-old comedian Dave Chappelle said he thought Black Lives Matter was “a terrible slogan”.
“He began the hour by saying, quite jovially: ‘This will be a racist show. I’m telling you now,’” Roger Friedman said in his column Monday. “His jokes about blacks and white were evenly divided. But the subjects of the day were right up there.”
“‘Black lives matter is a terrible slogan,’ he said. He much prefers Dwayne Wade’s hashtag ‘enough is enough.’”
“As for the killing of Wade’s cousin, and Donald Trump’s immediate vulgarizing of it, Chappelle said: ‘Oh yeah, now I’m voting for Donald Trump.’ That drew peals of laughter from the mixed race crowd. But I couldn’t help wonder what black comics and their audiences are saying around the country in similar clubs. Trump’s message — ‘What do you have to lose?’ — is now a set up for various punchlines.”
“Chappelle talked about wanting to vote for Hillary Clinton. But it also turns out that he and his wife are friendly with outspoken conservative black actress Stacey Dash.”
“That gives the argument balance, although he conceded that he and ‘Stacey are not soulmates.’”