HARTFORD — People are still talking about the Dave Chappelle “meltdown” in Hartford last Thursday. But a few Hartfordites were upset that Hartford was being blamed for the behavior of a mostly young, white crowd from the suburbs.
Chappelle, the comic who walked off stage in the Comcast Theater in the meadows, gave his side of the story at his Chicago performance, saying he “wouldn’t even go to Hartford for … gas.”
“That crowd was evil,” he added. He was in a room full of ” young white alcoholics.”
But many of “those people” were not people who live in Hartford as Ann-Marie Adams pointed out in an Ebony magazine article. Many in the audience were young, white men from the suburbs, who were reportedly drunk–as Chappelle also mentioned during his show in Chicago.
The show was advertised in a newspaper that has a mostly suburban audience. The promoters did not advertise the event to Hartford residents. And, therefore, the majority of audience were white suburbanites or people who traveled from out of the state.
On Facebook, Glen Sault said: “ It’s probably not Hartford, Dave, it’s the rich white kids in from Avon and Simsbury who could afford to go to your show.”
At least one Hartford official also chimed in.
Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra tweeted: “Dave Chappelle should “quit whining, do his job and try some yoga.”
In a prepared statement, he said: “”I wasn’t at the show, so I can’t comment on it specifically. But his recent remarks were immature and inappropriate. Dave Chappelle should stick to his job, give the fans what they paid for and not disparage the good people of Hartford.”
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