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Dave Chappelle may be one of the most beloved and controversial comedians in America, but at a recent show he put on in Boston, some of his fans weren’t laughing.
The comedian used his set to criticize the United States for backing Israel’s “war crimes” against Palestinians, which reportedly caused a few audience members to walk out.
Chappelle condemned Hamas’ October 7 attack on Israel that left over a thousand Israelis dead but told his audience that students who are publicly supporting Palestine shouldn’t lose job offers.
According to reports, Chappelle also called Israel's response to the Hamas attacks disproportionate and accused Israel of committing war crimes. He even went as far to say that the U.S. was responsible for aiding and abetting the slaughter of innocent civilians.
Lauren Chen isn’t surprised, as he isn’t known to mince words or cower to criticism.
“He’s the type of entertainer, the type of person where nothing is off limits, and he’s certainly not afraid of being controversial,” she says.
Chen also notes that Chappelle’s approach to the trans issue has been a great example of this, as he has made it quite clear that he believes men are men and women are women.
“He’s tried to incorporate those issues through a comedic lens about, you know, trans issues instead of just going up on stage and delivering essentially what is a political social message.”
However, based on reports from attendees at the show, it sounds like this time might have been different.
According to one attendee, Chappelle responded to an audience member who yelled “shut the f*** up,” by saying “No, you shut the f*** up” and then continued on to say, “You don’t take tens of billions from my country to go kill innocent women and children.”
He allegedly ended his tirade with, “You’re damn right 'Free Palestine.'”
Chen, while not in total agreement with his use of his platform or sentiment, doesn’t believe canceling him is the right move.
“When it comes to the issue of Israel, some conservatives out there are absolutely acting like triggered SJW snowflakes,” Chen says.
“In the same way that criticizing feminism doesn’t make you anti-woman, criticizing BLM doesn’t make you anti-black, criticizing the state of Israel, which is a government and which has a military does not make you anti-Jewish,” she adds.
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