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Dave Chappelle

Hartford Crowd Was Evil, White

I Wanted to Pull a 'Reverse Kramer'

9/4/2013 5:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0904_dave_chappelle_article_tmzDave Chappelle is lashing out about the people who heckled him in Hartford, CT last week ... calling the crowd a bunch of "young, white alcoholics" and saying he wanted to pull a "reverse Kramer."

Chappelle took the stage at a show in Chicago last night ... and immediately went off on Hartford -- where he engaged in a nasty stand-off with the crowd after several loudmouthed fans heckled him during his set.

"I don't want anything bad to happen to the United States," Chappelle said ... "but if North Korea ever drops a nuclear bomb on this country, I swear to God I hope it lands in Hartford, Connecticut."



Chappelle then called the crowd "evil" ... and described them as a bunch of "young, white alcoholics."

"I wanted to pull a reverse Kramer and call them all crackers or something crazy like that."

Chappelle was obviously referring to the TMZ footage of Michael Richards during his insane N-bomb tirade at the Laugh Factory back in 2006.

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In the end, Dave says the crowd in Hartford was lucky to see him "freak out" that night -- explaining, "That s**t's like being at a f**king tiger show the night Sigfried and Roy got their throats bit out by the tiger ... you don't go to see somebody be safe."

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James Woods    

No such thing as a reverse cramer since only whites can be labeled as racist. Everyone else gets a pass.

377 days ago
167.

squeelz    

I swear white people live to talk about other races but as soon as someone starts to call them on on their BS they cry and whine and bitch LMAO

377 days ago
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Fifty Shades of WTF    

This bums me out. I enjoy Chappelle.... people can be evil and really stupid when drunk in all colors though. Why does bad behavior have to be tied to a color? In ANY situation.

377 days ago
169.

kre    

Chappelle aways pushes the limits. This has been him from the beginning of time. Leave it to TMZ to put it out of context and make it a racist thing. He played a blind KKK member who hated black people for crying out loud thats Dave Chappelle!

377 days ago
170.

Cat    

If the dude was any good at his little "dog & pony" show, he would be worth the money and the respect. He stinks. Its obvious the "BOMB" hit Hartford, when he showed up to....

377 days ago
171.

Cat    

The "BOMB" did hit Hartford, when his sorry ass showed up. My sympathy to all the people who wasted their monies on this man who calls himself a comic.

377 days ago
172.

smug234    

Race Hypocrisy at it's finest fug this guy and any other race card puller!!!!!

377 days ago
173.

Simplyme007    

Everytime something happens to a black person in the media it get the most comments, and 80 percent of the comments are racist

377 days ago
174.

DougW    

Chappelle's whole response here is so dishonest. First of all, he didn't 'freak out' and give the audience some show they were secretly hoping to see. He sat on stage for 20 minutes smoking, refusing to talk except to say "My contract requires me to be on stage for 30 minutes but it doesn't say I have to speak", or something like that. Also, he was not being 'heckled' as Michael Richards was, people were just calling for some of his old routines, yelling for him to do those characters. Finally, even if he did feel somehow that he was being picked on, doing a 'reverse Kramer' would be the worst possible way to handle anything. Some other guys does something stupid and disgusting, so I'll do the same thing? Sounds like the drugs are doing his reasoning for him.....

377 days ago
175.

TexasGirl    

Why is no one screaming "RACIST" from the rafters and all over the news media every 5 minutes about this statement? Oh...I forgot.....only white people can be racist....

377 days ago
176.

Sharon    

I saw DC at the Montreal Comedy Festival and he was amazing. The crowd in Conn. must have been really horrible, because he is one of the most relaxed, talented comics I have ever seen.

377 days ago
177.

Craparazzi    

I couldnt wait to see the comments on this story... this site is majority snobby white people.. i knew they would get their panties in a bunch

377 days ago
178.

Haven    

Truth is only alcoholic, White people would pay to see him.

377 days ago
179.

Sick of it    

So its ok for black people to say racist things but when a whit person says something its a lawsuit. Really?! White people cant have White Entertainment Television, white history month, white actor awards, etc. If black people are so offended, go back to Africa!!! And take all the Rap, Drugs, Food stamps and chrome rims with you!

377 days ago
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Brittney Bernardi    

I don't care what race a person is; if that person decides to insult another person based on the color of their skin, that's racism. It's disrespectful, rude, and just wrong. I do think it was rude of the crowd to heckle him; anyone who has the courage to go up on stage and make jokes deserves to be treated respectfully. However, Chappelle's comments are completely uncalled for. I don't think it was necessary for him to mention the color of their skin. Why couldn't he just say they were "young, alcoholics?" Why did the fact that they were white even matter? I find Chappelle very funny, but I gotta say, I'm kinda disappointed in him for these comments. I expected better.

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