Fans walk when Dave Chappelle foregoes the funny, clashes with crowd over ‘war crimes’ in Gaza

Foregoing the funny, comedian Dave Chappelle sparked a walkout over “war crimes” when he allegedly voiced his position on Israel and Gaza during a Boston performance.

“You’re damn right, free Palestine.”

No stranger to facing backlash for his takes on stage, the first of two nights at the TD Garden for the “Dave Chappelle Live: It’s A Celebration, B!%?#&$!” tour featured added critical commentary of Israel’s response to Hamas’ Oct. 7 terror attack.

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal citing attendees, the Muslim convert had condemned the slaughter of more than 1,400 people in Israel before he set his sights on the military response he believed constituted “war crimes” in Gaza.

“The comments came up when Chappelle said he didn’t think students should lose job offers for supporting Palestinians,” the Journal detailed. “An audience member’s command for the comedian to shut up drew an emotional response from Chappelle, who criticized the Israeli government for cutting off water and other essentials to Gaza and accused it of killing innocent people, according to the attendees.”

In response to some members of the audience reportedly shouting “Free Palestine!” the comedian, who required smartphones and other electronic devices to be secured before entering the performance area, was said to have replied, “You’re damn right, free Palestine.”

However, other shouts of “What about Hamas?” and “You should shut the F up” were not so readily accommodated by the entertainer who was said to have “lost it on the man yelling, ‘You do not tell me to shut the F up at MY show’. Chappelle then started on a tirade of his beliefs leaving comedy behind and focusing purely on politics.”

Such was the account of one individual who was said to have been in attendance with a group of friends who walked out “when the crowd of nearly 20,000 people started yelling out ‘Go Palestine. Go Hamas.’ and other related [hateful] jargon. The audience was cheering Chappelle on during his tirade. I was sick. We were sick. I turned to my friends and wife and said I think it is time to go. We walked out and met up with many other Jews leaving the show.”

“Never in my life have I felt so unsafe and so fearful of what I was witnessing,” the account added.

Likewise, a telling of the performance that supported Chappelle’s position indicated, “He went on a 15-minute rant about being a Muslim and that the Israelis are projecting what’s wrong with them on Muslims and the crowd kept on cheering. It was surreal. The crowd was typical Boston demographics 80% white. 5% black and the rest Latin and others. He yelled what are you going to do to me cancel me go ahead and cancel me. You can’t cancel all of us.”

The ultimate argument from the comedian was said to have been that two wrongs don’t make a right. Meanwhile, a spokesman for Chappelle told the Journal that he “denies being in Boston last night” despite the schedule for the TD Garden placing him there Thursday and Friday.

The take, particularly on the blacklisting of college students who had blamed Israel for the terror attacks from Hamas, stood in contrast to that of comedian Bill Maher who said Friday on his HBO show “Real Time” that Harvard University was an “a**hole factory.”

“As an Ivy League graduate who knows the value of a liberal education, I have one piece of advice for the youth of America. Don’t go to college. And if you absolutely have to go, don’t go to an elite college, because as recent events have shown, it just makes you stupid,” he had remarked.

Despite the backlash from anti-Israeli sentiments, Harvard students continued to hold their ground and held a “die-in” Wednesday, pushing propaganda from the terrorists.

Kevin Haggerty

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