It’s no secret that racial tensions are high, but Dave Chappelle insists that his comeback to the world stage just so happens to coincide with what’s going on in the United States. Chappelle has never been one to tread lightly or shy away from racial issues, in fact, he’s made a career of doing so. It’s safe to say that the world has missed his brilliance since he took his hiatus, and maybe now is the perfect time for his comeback, though he’d prefer we not call it that.
“I think it is important to be out now, but what’s going on in the world isn’t why I initially came back out,” Said Chappelle to the Associated Press. This is a very surprisingly emotionally charged time, so people like me, I think, are very relevant and necessary in sorting through all this information and emotional content,” he said. “And when we are at our best, hopefully we are doing a great service to many people.”
Chappelle had the audience of the Art For Life benefit laughing when he told them, “I can say honestly that I’m happy, that I can sit at home on a Tuesday night and watch Key and Peele do my show and it doesn’t hurt me.” At this event Chappelle picked up an award from Russell Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. He then went on to insist that all artists have, in some way, a responsibility to be activists.
“The biggest enemy of an artist is apathy,” he said. “A kid gets killed by the police and I buy a T-shirt and before I can wear that one, there’s another kid (killed) and I’m running out of closet space.” I absolutely agree with him here. If you’re in the public spotlight and have a voice that’s heard by millions you really should be using that platform to better society, though that’s not always the case. Will Dave be coming back to TV? It’s unclear, especially since there’s been rumors about a show with HBO, but nothing has materialized as of yet.