Superstar comedian, Dave Chappelle has reacted to the backlash that trailed rapper, Dababy’s homophobic comment months ago.
In his new Netflix special The Closer, which debuted today October 5, Chappelle juxtaposes the backlash to DaBaby’s homophobic comments with the rapper’s violent lyrics and action years ago.
Within the first ten minutes of his set in The Closer, Chappelle stated that he would like to address the LGBTQ community and the comments he has made about them in recent years.
“I came here tonight, because this body of work that I’ve done on Netflix, I’m going to complete. All the questions that you might have had about all these jokes I’ve said the last few years, I hope to answer tonight. And I’d like to start by addressing the LGBTQ community.
“I want every member of that community to know that I come here tonight in peace, and I hope to negotiate the release of DaBaby.”
Chapelle referenced the fact that the career of Charolette rapper DaBaby has virtually fallen off a cliff after the 29-year-old rapper made disgusting, homophobic comments over the Summer that resulted in his name removed from festival line-ups and his songs no longer being played on the radio.
“DaBaby was the number one streaming artist until a couple of weeks ago. He took a nasty spill on stage and said some wild stuff about the LGTBQ community during a concert in Florida. Now, you know even I go heard in the paint, but even I saw that s–t and was like ‘God damn, DaBaby!’. Ooohhh, he pushed the button, didn’t he? He pushed the button — punched the LGTBQ community right in the AIDS. Can’t do that.
“But I do believe that the kid made a very egregious mistake, I will acknowledge that, but a lot of the LGBTQ community doesn’t know DaBaby’s history, he’s a wild guy. He once shot a n—a and killed him in Walmart. This is true, Google it: DaBaby shot and killed a n—a in Walmart in North Carolina… nothing bad happened to his career.”
At this point, laughter and applause breaks out in the audience as Chappelle cracks a slight grin and asks, “Do you see where I’m going with this?”
He then claimed that in the United States, it is better to kill a black man than to hurt a gay person’s feelings.
The comedian added;
“In our country, you can shoot and kill a n—a, but you better not hurt a gay person’s feelings. And this is precisely the disparity that I wish to discuss.”
Chappelle’s joke referenced a 2019 incident in which the rapper admitted fatally shooting a 19-year-old in the abdomen, but was able to walk free after claiming it was in self-defence.
Since the incident, DaBaby has risen to fame, however, he was removed from several festival line-ups this year following his homophobic tirade.
This is coming days after Chappelle was filmed giving his support to DaBaby after the rapper attended one of his stand-up shows in Charlotte, North Carolina. After acknowledging his presence, Chappelle said to the crowd, ‘Make some noise for Charlotte’s own DaBaby… watch us learn, watch us grow, watch us take our lumps, watch us push this culture forward.’