Everyone is freaking out about our possibly-impending doom on Tuesday and using every other breath to talk about the election, and Dave Chappelle is no exception. During a show at the Cutting Room last night, Chappelle shared his thoughts about Trump, Clinton, the pussy tapes, and more.
"What I heard on that tape was gross," he said, according to a report on the show by the Observer. "But the way I got to hear it was even more gross. You know that came directly from Hillary." Chapelle clarified that he's not a Trump supporter, but he doesn't like Clinton either—he compared voting for her to Halle Berry farting in your face in the middle of sex. "I'm still going to go for it, but I wish she hadn't done that thing."
Chappelle also said that he had an issue with the media spinning Trump's comments as proof of sexual assault. "He said, 'And when you're a star, they let you do it. That phrase implies consent," Chappelle said.
He also had a few thoughts to share about the questions Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz asked Trump during the second presidential debate:
Something about this was backward. A gay white man and a white woman asking a multi-billionaire how he knows the system is rigged and insisting it's not. Does that sound right to you? It didn't seem right to me. And here's how you know Trump is the most gangsta candidate ever. They asked him how he knows the system is rigged and he said, 'Because I take advantage of it.' He may as well have flashed his membership card for the Illumanti right then.
Amazingly, the Observer—which, as we all know by now, is owned by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner—managed to spin Chappelle's statement into a compliment, even though Chappelle followed it by saying that he voted early in Ohio. And he voted for Clinton, not Trump—even though he "didn't feel good" about it.
"She's going to be on a coin someday. And her behavior has not been coin-worthy," he said.
Um who does Chappelle think is on the coins right now pic.twitter.com/y1IZmQzRGX
— Tom Scocca (@tomscocca) November 5, 2016
(Slaveowner and alleged rapist Thomas Jefferson is currently on the nickel. And comparing Clinton to a face-fart is insulting, but so is Louis C.K.'s well-meaning "bitch mother" endorsement. But I digress.)
Chappelle may not have outright defended Trump, but he did suggest that conversations about equal rights for women and queer people shouldn't be prioritized over racial progress.
"They should not be having that conversation in front of black people. You go ahead and feel something about your rights, but if you're putting sexism and homophobia and transphobia in front of racism, you should be ashamed of yourself," he said.
But that's the thing: racism, sexism, homophobia, and transphobia are deeply intertwined (even if certain segments of the feminist and LGBTQ movements don't necessarily address that). We've all heard the statistic about how white women earn 79 cents for every white man's dollar—but black women earn just 63 cents, Native American women earn 58 cents, and Latina women earn 54 cents to that dollar. The gendered, racialized pay gap can cost black women over $800,000 throughout their working lives.
And although marriage equality is now the law of the land, it doesn't mean we've achieved equity for LGBTQ Americans. Last year, the number of transgender homicide victims in the United States hit a historic high, and the overwhelming majority of victims were trans women of color. The average life expectancy for a trans woman in the United States is just 35 years, compared to a national average of 78.
There's still hope for Chappelle yet, though. On the one hand, he stated his personal preference to not want to stand at a urinal next to "a woman with a dick." On the other hand, he also said "If you need to show your birth certificate to take a dump at a WalMart in North Carolina, that's insane," he said. It's almost like, and maybe this is crazy, we shouldn't look to comedians to solve America's culture wars.
Chappelle will be hosting Saturday Night Live for the first time next week, provided we manage to make it past next Tuesday.