Dave Chappelle On Donald Sterling: ‘Can A Man Just Chill With His Mistress In Peace?’
There's a long, luxurious interview with Dave Chappelle in the latest issue of GQ, the same one that features Michael Sam on the cover. It's genuinely funny and worth your time beyond the bit I'm about to share with you.
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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