May 18, 2024


The comic reportedly criticized what he described as battle crimes in Gaza, prompting blended cries of “Free Palestine” and “What about Hamas?” from the viewers.

Comic Dave Chappelle. Gerald Herbert/Related Press, File

Some viewers members reportedly walked out of Dave Chappelle’s present in Boston final Thursday after the comic criticized Israel’s bombing of Gaza, in accordance with The Wall Road Journal

Chappelle addressed the continued battle between Israel and Hamas throughout the TD Backyard present, first condemning the Palestinian militant group’s Oct. 7 assault on Israel, the WSJ reported. 

Nonetheless, the comedian additionally criticized what he described as battle crimes in Gaza and accused the U.S. of aiding the slaughter of harmless civilians, the information outlet reported. 

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The commotion reportedly started after Chappelle mentioned he didn’t assume college students ought to lose job presents for supporting Palestinians.

When an viewers member yelled for Chappelle to close up, the comic critiqued the Israeli authorities for slicing off water and different primary provides to Gaza and accused the Center East nation of killing harmless folks, in accordance with the WSJ.

Viewers members have been reportedly cut up: Whereas some cheered and shouted “Free Palestine,” others yelled “What about Hamas?” or acquired up and left, the Journal reported. Close to the top of his present, Chappelle addressed Israeli insurance policies and the Hamas assaults and mentioned two wrongs don’t make a proper, in accordance with the information outlet. 

A spokeswoman for Chappelle informed the WSJ he “denies being in Boston” that evening, although the TD Backyard web site signifies he carried out two exhibits for his stand-up comedy tour on Thursday and Friday. A TD Backyard spokesperson confirmed to that the exhibits have been each held as scheduled. 

Chappelle isn’t any stranger to controversy; lately, he’s regularly made jokes on the expense of transgender folks, prompting Netflix workers to stage a walkout in protest over his stand-up particular “The Nearer,” during which he “likens being transgender to sporting blackface, says ‘gender is a truth’ and notes that he’s a member of ‘crew TERF,’ an acronym referring to trans-exclusionary radical feminists,” in accordance with The Washington Submit.