Chappelle Rants Against 'White Alcoholic' Hecklers
His 'meltdown' wasn't his fault, comedian says
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 5, 2013 9:48 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Dave Chappelle insists his onstage "meltdown" last week wasn't actually his fault, but can be blamed on the awful audience he faced in Hartford, Conn. He went on an expletive-ridden rant about the experience at a Chicago show Tuesday night, TMZ reports. The crowd was "evil" and full of "suburban torturists" and "young, white alcoholics," he said as soon as he took the stage. "I wanted to pull a reverse Kramer and call them all crackers or something crazy like that," he said, referring to Michael Richards' 2006 N-word rant. (He also assured the Chicago crowd he's not on drugs.)

"I don't want anything bad to happen to the United States," Chappelle continued, "but if North Korea ever drops a nuclear bomb on this country, I swear to God I hope it lands in Hartford, Connecticut."

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squiggysmom1
Sep 13, 2013 12:12 PM CDT
Dave Chapelle needs to stop doing stand up. He thinks of his paying audience as people he is forced to tap dance for- especially his white audience members whom he openly loathes. He's sullen and angry onstage and seems to dare his audience to try him so he can stalk off stage, scold them and/or refuse to continue his performance. Why anyone would want to pay their hard-earned money to be disrespected by a bad-tempered child is beyond me.
Gemini528
Sep 6, 2013 7:54 AM CDT
There is nothing Dave could have done except what he did.....Those idiots were there specifically to SABOTAGE his show.
sunniladi
Sep 6, 2013 5:39 AM CDT
he should have completely ignored them and carried on with his skit. hecklers want an audience so ignoring them would have eventually silenced them. also, perhaps it wouldn't have taken long before audience members who couldn't hear what he was saying to counter-heckle... or SOMEthing. after all, the hecklers were outnumbered so whatever the audience did should have been effective.