There’s this cultural assumption that Black men pose the biggest threat when it comes to safety. But if you ask me, a Black woman, drunk White men are pretty terrifying. You just never know what’s going to happen. Don’t believe me? Just ask comedian Dave Chappelle who was hit with a banana peel last night.
Yes, you read that correctly. According to TMZ, during his show in Santa Fe, New Mexico, an audience member threw a banana peel at Dave Chappelle.
The guy, Christian Englander, who appeared drunk to police (and appeared White to me), confessed to the racist act.
Englander told the police that he was upset that Chappelle singled out his friend for drawing in a comic book during the show. The jokes got increasingly worse once Englander’s friend identified himself as “Johnny Appleseed.” Englander says he thought Chappelle was being racist and just so happened to have a banana to retaliate.
Englander was arrested for battery and disorderly conduct.
So, Chappelle being the consummate entertainer that he is, we have to know how he responded to this outrageous incident.
See what he had to say.
“Hey, who just threw a banana peel? Hey, would you guys like to see your favorite comedian beat the shit out of somebody?
First of all, I am not going to let White people ruin bananas for me *^&%&%*& they’re a good source of potassium. And I know my man– I see Corey just jumped off the stage. Corey is one of my Black friends from Harlem. Corey when you find that muthafucka, do not throw him out, bring him to me. First, I’m going to kill him with my comedy and then I’m going to kick him in his fucking face.
I can’t believe not only that someone threw a banana on stage; I can’t believe that they had a banana on them, this entire time. And he thought, ‘I’ll just throw the peel at Dave Chappelle.’ He knows I’m going to be mad. ‘Je’ suis Charlie.’ That’s what he said when he threw the banana peel. ‘Je suis Charlie Nigger. What a guy can’t draw a cartoon?’ …What a bitch.”
If there was anyone who would know how to handle this ridiculously racist incident, it would be the incomparable Dave Chappelle. He does this.
You can listen to the audio in the video below.
And by the way, if you’re interested in seeing what a person who would throw a banana peel looks like, you can peep his mug shot here.