dropped not one, but two new Netflix specials on New Year’s Eve, and the streamer has shared a new clip from the first one, Equanimity, in which the stand-up titan shares his thoughts on Rachel Dolezal in typically no-holds-barred fashion.
Chappelle refers to Dolezal as “that white black bitch that’s in the news all the time,” laying out what Dolezal would have to do in order to prove her blackness in between puffs from his vape. “You want my support, you’re gonna have to change your name to the blackest shit I’ve ever heard,” Chappelle demands before revealing what he thinks is the blackest option possible: Draymond Green. (Green himself, an NBA star, tweeted Chappelle to say, “C’mon bro, I just named my son ‘Draymond’ hahaha.”)
Chappelle made the wrong kind of headlines recently when it was revealed that, in his other special, The Bird Revelation, he called the victims of Louis C.K.’s sexual misconduct “weak” and “brittle”. “I hate to say, y’all, they sounded weak. I know it sounds fucked up,” Chappelle says in the special. “I’m not supposed to say that, but one of these ladies was like, ‘Louis C.K. was masturbating while I was on the phone with him.’ Bitch, you don’t know how to hang up a phone?”
Equanimity and The Bird Revelation, released simultaneously on Dec. 31, 2017, were Chappelle’s third and fourth Netflix specials, following The Age of Spin and Deep in the Heart of Texas. Those both landed on Paste’s list of 2017’s best stand-up specials, with our own Seth Simons writing that Chappelle is “still at the top of his class, wholly at ease onstage and mischievous as ever. His winding stories have the same unscripted, manic feel as his classic material, perfectly crafted without seeming crafted at all.”
Chappelle’s Equanimity and The Bird Revelation are now streaming on Netflix. Watch the new clip from the former above, and revisit a previous Equanimity clip, in which the comic sets his sights on Trump voters, right here.