In a Boston performance, comedian Dave Chappelle criticizes Israel's bombing of Gaza and accused the United States of aiding the slaughter of innocent civilians. According to those in attendance, during Thursday's show at TD Garden, Chappelle first condemned the October 7 attack on Israel by Hamas militants and then criticized what he called war crimes in Gaza.
Chappelle also claimed that the United States was complicit in the massacre of innocent civilians and that war crimes were being committed. Chappelle then criticized the Israeli government for isolating the population of Gaza and preventing humanitarian aid. He concluded with the statement that two wrongs do not equal a right.
Davbe Chapelle wearing a gray suit while holding a mic
Dave Chappelle is rumored to have criticized Israel's bombing of Gaza during one of his recent comedy tour visits in Boston.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the comedian initially condemned the Oct. 7 terrorist attack on Israel by the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas during his Thursday performance at TD Garden, according to audience members. According to reports, he then criticized Israel's bombardment of Gaza and accused the United States of aiding in the slaughter of innocents.
According to those in attendance, Chappelle's remarks on the Israel-Hamas conflict occurred after he stated that he did not believe students should lose employment offers for expressing support for Palestinians. Some audience members then proceed to order the comedian to "shut up," prompting Chappelle to respond.
According to attendees, some audience members applauded Chappelle and shouted "Free Palestine," while others screamed "What about Hamas?" Some members of the crowd departed. People said that at the conclusion of his program, he stated that Israeli policies and Hamas attacks do not equal a right.
According to reports, responses to his remarks about Israel were divided. Some audience members applauded Chappelle's opinions on the conflict, while others heckled and challenged the comedian, and still others left the arena.
"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,"an audience member is quoted as saying on social media by the Daily Mail. "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."
It is by no means the first time Chappelle's words have sparked controversy. In 2022, his Netflix comedy special prompted complaints from the streaming service's own employees due to his transphobic remarks. Netflix refused to remove the program from its platform, citing its commitment to free expression.
Thousands of lives have been lost as a result of the violent events in Israel and Gaza, which have been closely followed by many Americans. According to Israel, 1,400 people were murdered on October 7 during an attack by Hamas. More than 5,000 Palestinians, according to the Ministry of Health in Hamas-controlled Gaza, have been slain by Israeli airstrikes. Israel contests this tax.
Israel claims that Hamas continues to detain over 200 hostages. Last week, two American hostages with connections to Massachusetts were released.
After discussing the Israel-Gaza conflict, Dave Chappelle's Thursday night stand-up routine prompted some audience members to leave.
First, the comedian condemned the October 7 attack on Israeli music festival attendees by Hamas militants, and then he condemned Israel's retaliation against civilians in Gaza, which resulted in the deaths of thousands of defenseless civilians. During his stand-up performance, he reportedly criticized Israel's bombing of Gaza and accused the United States of aiding the slaughter of defenseless people.
According to those in attendance, Chappelle's remarks on the Israel-Hamas conflict followed his statement that he did not believe students should lose employment offers for expressing support for Palestinians. This resulted in numerous audience members imploring him to "shut up." In addition to the loss of life, the comedian allegedly criticized the Israeli government for cutting off water and other essential supplies to Gaza.