I Watched Chappelle’s Show
by Winston "Stone" Ford
So I watched The “Lost Episodes” of Dave Chappelle, episode 2. On bootleg of course,, just like Dave intended. For those who are waiting until Sunday, I’ll put my thoughts after the jump.
- These aren’t “lost” episodes. The fools at Comedy Central needed some marketing gimmick, but are people that stupid. Did they think that Dave took the episodes with him to Africa and someone from Viacom found them in the back of a shantytown in Johannesburg? Please.
- Why do Charlie and Donnell talk about Dave like he’s dead? They don’t don’t say things like “Dave is a good guy,” or “Dave says this.” It’s more like “Dave was a good guy, ” etc. Dayum.
- The first skit pretty much sucks. We’ll skip that one.
- So they showed the “controversial” Chappelle’s show skit that led Dave to walk off the set. It looked pretty complete to me, so it almost seems like Dave either completed everything and he didn’t walk off in the middle of filming or they used outtakes to finish the skit.We’ve seen this dude dressed up like everything else, but this time Dave is in blackface. I see how the dude can just up and leave. If I was dancing around making a fool of myself in blackface I would probably do the same thing. Still, the skit was funny. I laughed, but it was one of those uncomfortable laughs. One of those “I gotta make sure that no one’s around me,” type laughs. White people know what I’m talking about every time they laugh at one of those un-pc black jokes.
The skit revolves around Dave being a “racial pixie.” In society, many times people have to play down what they would normally do in order not to reinforce cultural stereotypes. The “racial pixie” is supposed to represent the urge to yield to your race’s specific stereotype. For instance, in the first scene of the skit, Dave is on an airline and his options for a meal are baked fish or friend chicken. Dave has the choice of choosing the fish or the fried chicken.
Below the surface there is an interesting psychological perspective. But Dave’s point in the whole thing is… would people get it? The whole purpose of the skit was to be engaging, yet make fun of stereotypes. But its just as easy for a white person not to get the gist and laugh at some dude walking around in black makeup. To be “fair,” Dave tries to do the same pixie skit for the Hispanic, White, and Asian races, however none of those races have the legacy and pain that African Americans in this country have.
- After they played the skit, I was thinking that they wouldn’t even bring up the whole “Dave Chappelle went crazy” issue (they acted like he was dead, remember?), but lo and behold, not only did they reference the Time article about Dave, but they had a quasi in-depth discussion on race. I use quasi because they didn’t talk about much and nothing got resolved (much like every convo on race these days), but I give the producers points for trying.Unfortunately, most of this came off as just bunk and reminded me of those Nickelodeon specials with Linda Ellerbee back in the day. They tried to be serious, but alas this is Comedy Central, not PBS, so Rawlings and Murphy had to insert some half-assed joke in the middle of someone’s comment. Oh, and Charlie Murphy needs his own show. But Donnell Rawlings is too damn annoying for my tastes.
- The show was bleh. It didn’t have any standout moments like the Tupac thing in the first episode. Although uncomfortable, the whole “pixie” skit was still funny, but the whole “lets have a discussion about race,” should be left to the after school specials.