Well, Dave Chappelle had some thoughts that maybe didn’t need to be shared, but he got on stage at The Cutting Room in New York last night in preparation for his Saturday Night Live appearance next week, and here we are.
For most of the 60-minute set, Chappelle harped on presidential candidate Hillary Clinton writes the New York Observer:
He was particularly agitated about what he believes was Clinton’s role in leaking a surreptitiously recorded conversation between Republican nominee Donald J. Trump and TV personality Billy Bush. “What I heard on that tape was gross,” Chappelle said. “But the way I got to hear it was even more gross. You know that came directly from Hillary.” He stated this had put him off a candidate he had already known was “not right.” He likened voting for her to a hypothetical situation of actress Halle Berry breaking wind in his face during sexual relations. “I’m still going to go for it,” he said. “But I wish she hadn’t done that thing.”
He went on to defend Trump’s comments about sexually assaulting women, saying consent was implied because the presidential candidate said, “When you’re a star, they let you do it.” Then he called Trump the “most gangsta candidate ever,” for admitting to taking advantage of the system.
He said he cast his ballot early for Clinton, but he didn’t feel good about it—you know, because the first woman president is going to be on a coin, and apparently she wouldn’t be worthy of that. Oh, and then he criticized other oppressed groups for apparently trying to cut black people in line?
The comedian wasn’t feeling so much love for women’s rights, gay rights, and transgender rights activists, saying, “They should not be having that conversation in front of black people. You go ahead and feel something about your rights. But if you’re putting sexism and homophobia and transphobia in front of racism, you should be ashamed of yourself.
With comedy, it’s sometimes hard to tell what’s serious, and what’s a joke. Maybe some of Chappelle’s words just didn’t land the way he meant them. Regardless, it’s good news he’s not hosting SNL until after the election.