This New Year’s Eve, comedian Dave Chappelle gifted our Netflix queues with two new comedy specials.
The first, titled Equanimity, was filmed in a large theater in Washington, D.C., and the second, titled The Bird Revelation, was taped in The Belly Room, which is a smaller venue at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. The content was classic Chappelle: conflicting thoughts and controversial takes on a wide array of social issues — sometimes drawing criticism from observers in the press.
At one point during Equanimity special, Chappelle takes on the confounding subject of Trump voters, specifically poor white Trump voters.
“I must tell you, I’ve never had a problem with white people ever in my life,” Chappelle says. “Full disclosure — poor whites are my least favorites.”
And I’ve never seen so many of them up close. I looked right in their cold-smeared faces. And to my surprise, you know what I didn’t see? I didn’t see one deplorable face that group. I saw some angry faces and some determined faces, but they felt like decent folk.
In fact … I felt sorry for them. I know the game now. I know that rich white people call poor white people trash, and the only reason I know that is because I made so much money last year, the rich whites told me they say it at a cocktail party, and I’m not with that shit.
And I stood with them in line like all of us Americans are required to do in a democracy — nobody skips the line to vote. And I listened to them; I listened to them say naive, poor white people things: ‘My man Donald Trump is gonna go to Warshington, and he’s gonna fight for us.’ I’m standing there thinking in my mind, ‘You dumb motherfucker! You are poor. He’s fighting for me.'”
Watch the clip below, via Netflix:
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