‘Chappelle’s Show’: Why Dave Chappelle Is Begging You to Boycott His Most Popular Project

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Chappelle’s Show is one among Dave Chappelle’s hottest tasks. But after airing his grievances about Comedy Central and HBO, the comic is asking followers to boycott the comedy sequence. 

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‘Chappelle’s Show’ is streaming on HBO however was taken down by Netflix

In early November, each HBO Max and Netflix introduced that they might be streaming Chappelle’s Show. But this information got here as a shock to Chappelle, who, when internet hosting Saturday Night Live, revealed that he isn’t getting paid for the sequence because it streams. 

“This week, I flew to New York on a private jet,” Chappelle mentioned on the Nov. 7 episode of SNL. “Netflix began streaming a present that bears my identify, Chappelle Show. HBO Max is streaming it. And I didn’t receives a commission for any of it.”

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In Unforgiven, a brand new candid stand-up particular that Chappelle shared by way of Instagram, the comedian particulars how he referred to as Netflix and requested them to take the comedy sequence down. “They agreed that they would take it off their platform just so I could feel better,” he says.

“That’s why I f**k with Netflix. Because they paid me my money, they do what they say they’re going to do, and they went above and beyond what you could expect from a businessman.”

Dave Chappelle calls the trade a ‘monster’

Comedy Central and its mother or father firm, ViacomCBS, personal the rights to Chappelle’s Show. And in his new act, Chappelle reveals that when he signed the contract with Comedy Central at age 28, he had no job and a child on the way in which. 

“People assume I made some huge cash from Chappelle’s Show,” he says. “When I left that show, I never got paid. They didn’t have to pay me because I signed the contract. But is that right? I found out that these people were streaming my work and they never had to ask me or they never have to tell me. Perfectly legal ‘cause I signed the contract.”

But Chappelle then likens any community streaming Chappelle’s Show to “fencing stolen goods.” And he means that similar to the #MeToo motion referred to as Hollywood executives out for being sexual predators, he’s calling them out for being monetary predators. 

“I believe they gave me a raw deal because this industry is a monster,” Chappelle provides. “It’s the same monster.”

The comic asks followers to boycott ‘Chappelle’s Show’

In Unforgiven, Chappelle recollects initially pitching Chappelle’s Show to HBO and getting kicked out of their workplace. He additionally acknowledges community executives are in all probability watching and questioning why he’s calling them out, however he chalks it as much as payback.  

“You’re not supposed to do this in my business,” he says. “I’m up here doing something that nobody else’s business has the b*lls to do, I’m telling you something that you need to know. I’m trying to explain to you what you’re seeing — I am publicly flogging a network.” 

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The comic then admits that he referred to as his brokers to see if he could possibly be compensated for the sequence now that it’s streaming. But when his brokers mentioned it wasn’t potential, Chappelle determined to ask his followers for assist.

“I’m coming to my real boss,” Chappelle says. “I’m coming to you. I’m begging you. If you ever preferred me, if you happen to ever assume there was something worthwhile about me, I’m begging you, please, don’t watch that present. 

“I’m not asking you to boycott any network,” he provides. “Boycott me, boycott Chappelle’s Show. Do not watch it except they pay me.”

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