Chappelle apparently discussed Donald Sterling, the disgraced former owner of the L.A. Clippers, in his latest stand-up routine. In the interview, he was asked to elaborate on his thoughts.
One thing that was super timely for your Radio City show was Donald Sterling.
Thank God! I would have been ten minutes short.
What'd you think of the aftermath?
Ultimately, I don't think he should have lost his team. I don't like the idea that someone could record a secret conversation and that a person could lose their assets from that, even though I think what he said was awful. When you think about the intimacy of a situation, like, can a man just chill with his mistress in peace?* I just don't like when things like that happen, because if they take shit away for things that people say that are objectionable, I may not have anything in a few years. Granted, I don't think I say shit like "Stop bringing white people to my game."
Chappelle's take, though contrarian, isn't rare: Mark Cuban expressed similar discomfort with voting out his fellow owner due to privacy issues. It's the one thing that Sterling had in his favor -- it's not like he screamed his shitty, shitty thoughts over the loudspeaker at the Staples Center. He said it in his shitty home. I'm sure a lot of us say shitty things in our shitty homes all the time.
It's important to note that the asterisk included next to "can a man just chill with his mistress in peace?*" denotes a "shit-eating grin," so Chappelle didn't mean for us to take this seriously. But it's interesting to note that fellow rich guys have -- if not defended Sterling -- at least tried to see his side of things. The fear of losing money transcends race.
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