“The Bird Revelation” debuted on New Year’s Eve, and as Billboard reports, Chappelle kicked things off by addressing the fallout from the #MeToo movement, saying: “Here we are, Los Angeles, the real capital of rape and dick breath,” Chappelle says. “They got Charlie Rose today … who’s next, Captain Kangaroo?”
Chappelle introduces the bit by saying that Louis was “like the turning point” for him.
“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. When you think about it, he’s jerking off — he’s surprising people. I picture all the comics in comedy reading it like, ‘Word!’ 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.”
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Chappelle then focuses on comedy writer Abby Schachner, who told the New York Times that Louis C.K. had masturbated while on a phone call with her in 2003.
“Show business is just harder than that,” he says. “I know that sounds fucked up, I’m not supposed to say that, but one of these ladies was like, ‘Louis C.K .was masturbating while I was on the phone with him.’ Bitch, you don’t know how to hang up a phone? How the fuck are you going to survive in show business if this is an actual obstacle to your dreams?”
Chappelle believes that those female comedians who left the business after being sexually harassed by C.K. gave up too easily.
“You think if Louis C.K. j***ed off in front of Dr. [Martin Luther] King, he’d be like, ‘I can’t continue this movement?” he says. “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 j*** off like this. I thought we were going to get a couple of drinks and chill.’”
The comic does attempt to connect the jokes about Louis C.K.’s accuser to make a larger statement about creating effective and lasting change in addressing the rape culture and sexual abuse in Hollywood.
“All the bad guys are scared, and that’s good, but the minute they’re not scared anymore, it’ll get worse than it was before,” Chappelle says. “Fear does not make lasting peace. Ask black people.”
Dave Chappelle hasn’t landed a single good joke about trans people yet and the fact this doesn’t concern people tells me more than anything y’all do bother to say. https://t.co/VuotZecA0U
— Craig Bro Dude (@CraigSJ) January 2, 2018
Chappelle also joked about the accusations against Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein, saying about the disgraced movie producer, “Yeah, he rapes. I’m not sure this f***er has a choice,” and adding, “If it was Brad Pitt doing that s***, you wouldn’t have heard a peep.”