- In his latest Netflix stand-up special, “The Bird Revelation,” Dave Chappelle discussed the allegations that Louis C.K. masturbated in front of multiple women.
- Though he called the allegations “terrible,” Chappelle said they “were the only ones that made me laugh” and wondered whether people’s response was “disproportionate.”
- Chappelle called one woman who said the incident stopped her from pursuing a career in comedy “weak.”
In a new stand-up special for Netflix, Dave Chappelle discussed the allegations that Louis C.K. masturbated in front of multiple women.
Chappelle talked about the subject at length and said one of Louis C.K.’s accusers was too “weak” to pursue a career in comedy.
“Louis was like the turning point,” Chappelle said in “The Bird Revelation,” the second of two stand-up hours he released on Netflix over the weekend.
“All these allegations were terrible,” he added. “I shouldn’t say this, but his allegations were the only ones that made me laugh. When you think about it, all his friends are reading it, and he’s jerking off – he’s surprising people. I just picture all the comics in comedy reading it like, ‘What?’
“It’s terrible. I know. It’s terrible. I’m sorry, ladies. You’re right. You are right,” Chappelle said. “But at the same time, I mean – you know what I mean. I don’t know. Jesus Christ, they took everything from Louis. That was like, I don’t know, it might be disproportionate. I can’t tell. I can’t tell. This is like, where it’s hard to be a man.”
Chappelle then turned his focus to a woman who told The New York Times that Louis C.K.’s masturbating in front of her stopped her from pursuing a career in comedy. Louis C.K. has made a general statement saying the stories of his sexual misconduct are “true.”
“You may have never had a dream,” Chappelle said of the woman. “That’s a brittle spirit.”
Chappelle said the woman had a lack of drive for a career in comedy, even comparing her to Martin Luther King Jr., whom, Chappelle said, “actually had a dream.”
“You think if Louis C.K. jerked off in front of Dr. King, he’d be like, ‘I can’t continue this movement’?” Chappelle said. “‘I’m sorry, but the freedom of black people must be stopped. I didn’t know this n—- was going to pull his d— out and jerk off like this. I thought we were going to get a couple of drinks and chill.’
“Show business is just harder than that,” Chappelle said. “I hate to say it, y’all: They sound weak.”
Chappelle dismissed another woman’s accusation that Louis C.K. masturbated on a call with her, saying he wondered whether she knew how to hang up the phone.
“How the f— are you going to survive in show business if this is an actual obstacle to your dreams?” Chappelle said.