Dave Chappelle is a racist.
His latest Netflix special, The Closer, can’t be dismissed as anything but an example of hate and racism. I don’t think The Closer was even meant to be funny; instead he was going for shocking. While he aims more of his hate towards people who are LGBTQ than he does towards Jews, one cannot escape the fact that he did start with "Space Jews" before moving on to offend others.
Equally, if not more, appalling to me is the fact that the CEO of Netflix continues to not only defend Chappelle but double down on his initial defense - even when it is clear he is already ‘"in a hole" and might want to stop digging.
In case you haven't heard about the controversial joke, here it is:
“In my movie idea, we find out that these aliens are originally from earth - that they’re from an ancient civilization that achieved interstellar travel and left the earth thousands of years ago,” Chappelle says. “Some other planet they go to, and things go terrible for them on the other planet, so they come back to earth, [and] decide that they want to claim the earth for their very own. It’s a pretty good plotline, huh? I call it ‘Space Jews.'”
The news about targeting Jews, while prominent in Jewish media and Jewish circles, has taken a back seat in mainstream news outlets to the others targeted. While that may be because he spends a lot more time making fun of others, it must not be brushed aside. There is no room for this hate, no matter how desperate one may be for rating, fame or money.
I heard many say that he will eventually apologize, but personally I have no such hope. How does hearing about "Space Jews” make you feel? Please write to me. Read more about it here