Dave Chappelle has spoken up about the spate of high-profile entertainers who became part of the 2017 reckoning that was the #MeToo movement.
The comedian's New Year's Eve special on Netflix, The Bird Revelation, features him responding to the allegations lodged against Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and his fellow funnyman Louis C.K. In each case, while he does find fault in the perpetrators of these assaults, he also questions the accusers themselves, attempting a tongue-in-cheek ligtiagtion that left some viewers unsettled. A sample of his standup remarks:
On Harvey Weinstein: "Yeah, he rapes. I'm not sure this f-----r has a choice. If it was Brad Pitt doing that shit, you wouldn't have heard a peep."
On Charlie Rose: "They got Charlie Rose today...Who's next, Captain Kangaroo?"
On Kevin Spacey: "Kevin Spacey shouldn't have done that s--t to that kid. He was 14 years old and forced to carry a grown man's secret for 30 years. The saddest part is, if he had been able to carry that secret for another six months, I would get to know how House of Cards ends."
On Louis C.K.: "One of these ladies was like, 'Louis C.K. was masturbating while I was on the phone with him.' B---h, you don't know how to hang up a phone? How are you going to survive in show business if this is an actual obstacle to your dreams?"
His comments about Louis C.K., in particular, seem to strike a negative chord with some viewers.
@DaveChappelle 1st U defend Cosby. Now Louis CK? I get it when controversial is your angle. But this is abt victims, & their pain, trauma etc. Your lack of understanding in tht realm is the obvious problem women have to deal with men like the 1 your defending. Shame. Smh. https://t.co/HLuLLBX38o— Love - Over - Hate (@PraiseJah777) January 1, 2018
Over all, though, Chappelle did say he supports the movement, saying on a more serious note, "if you win, [my daughter] wins, and I'm rooting for you."