- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 2, 2018

In his latest stand-up special for Netflix, Dave Chappelle poked fun at the women who recently accused fellow comedian Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct.

“Louis was like the turning point,” Mr. Chappelle said in “The Bird Revelation” released on New Year’s Eve. “All these allegations were terrible. I shouldn’t say this, but his allegations were the only ones that made me laugh. When you think about it, all his friends are reading it, and he’s jerking off — he’s surprising people.

“It’s terrible, I know, it’s terrible. I’m sorry ladies. You’re right. You are right,” he said. “But at the same time, I mean, you know what I mean. I don’t know. Jesus Christ, they took everything from Louis. That was like, it might be disproportionate. I can’t tell. I can’t tell. This is like where it’s hard to be a man.”

Mr. C.K. announced in November that he was taking a step back from comedy after admitting that the five women who accused him of sexual harassment in a bombshell New York Times report were telling the truth. One of the women, Abby Schachner, had accused Mr. C.K. of masturbating on the phone with her without her consent in 2003, telling The Times that it was “one of the things that discouraged her from pursuing comedy.”

Mr. Chappelle accused Ms. Schachner of having a “brittle spirit” to allow such a circumstance to prevent her from pursuing her dream.

“One lady said, ‘Louis C.K. masturbated in front of me, ruined my comedy dreams,’ ” Mr. Chappelle told the audience. “Word? Well then I daresay, madam, you may have never had a dream. Come on, man, that’s a brittle spirit. That is a brittle-a— spirit — thinking that s– is too much, this grown-a— woman.”

The comedian joked that it’s a good thing slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. “actually had a dream.”

“You think if Louis C.K. jerked off in front of Dr. King, he’d be like, ‘I can’t continue this movement?’ ” Mr. Chappelle said. “I’m sorry, but the freedom of black people must be stopped. I didn’t know this n–- was going to pull his d– out and jerk off like this. I thought we were going to get a couple of drinks and chill.

“Show business is just harder than that,” he added. “They sound weak. I know it sounds f–ed up and I’m not supposed to say that.

“B–-, you don’t know how to hang up the phone?” he asked. “How the f– are you going to survive in show business if this is an actual obstacle to your dreams?”

Mr. Chappelle’s stand-up special was recorded in November at The Comedy Store in Los Angeles, according to the New York Post, which first reported the story.

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