On a tour stop in North Carolina on Wednesday, comedian Dave Chappelle claimed that allegations about what he reportedly said about the Israel-Hamas crisis last weekend in Boston were just “hearsay.”
“Right now, I’m in trouble because the Jewish community is upset,” Chappelle said at his North Carolina show, according to the New York Times. “But I cannot express this enough: No matter what you read about that show in Boston, you will never see quotation marks around anything I said. They don’t know what I said.”
According to The Wall Street Journal, attendees left Dave Chappelle’s Boston performance when he discussed the Middle East.
“The other night, I said something about Palestine in Boston and got misquoted all over the world,” the comedian stated. “And I will not repeat what I said.”
In response to Chappelle’s comments, a woman in the audience shouted, “Free Palestine,” as reported by the Times.
“Please, please, miss,” and continued, “Listen. Don’t start it up or I’m going to be in the news cycle for another week. This thing that’s happening in the Middle East is bigger than everybody.”
He described the situation in Israel as a “nightmare,” while emphasizing, “what’s happening in Palestine is a nightmare.”
“There’s only two kinds of people in the world: people who love other people and people that have things that make them afraid to love other people. Pray for everyone in Israel. Pray for everyone in Palestine,” he said, the Times reported.
Chappelle has a no-phone policy at his shows, so there is no audio or visual record of the Boston performance.
Source: Deadline Hollywood