Dave Chappelle Likely Doesn’t Even Know About the Controversy Surrounding His New Netflix Special

It’s been over a month since its release and people can’t stop talking about Dave Chappelle’s latest Netflix special, Sticks and Stones

While the program has received a fair share of positive reviews, it’s also attracted mounds of backlash for its segments on topics like LGBTQ issues, the #MeToo movement, Anthony Bourdain’s suicide, and more. 

As of writing, Chappelle has not commented on the controversy surrounding his new special — and there might be a reason for that. 

Dave Chappelle
Dave Chappelle on the red carpet | David Livingston/Getty Images

Chappelle does not keep up with reactions to his routines

In a 2017 interview with HOT 97, the Half Baked actor told the hosts that he generally does not keep up with the things people have to say about his specials.

“I try not to seek that information out,” Chappelle said. “There have been a couple times where I might have drank something and googled myself, but I try not to swim in the deep water of other people’s opinions.”

He then noted that it’s hard to see the reactions given that he doesn’t have any social media pages.

“I’m not on Twitter. I’m not on Facebook. I’m not on Instagram. I don’t do any of that stuff,” he explained.

“The only way I know about stuff is because everyone else tells me about it. My wife, if it gets real bad, she’ll let me know, like, ‘Oh, you should look into this.’ But for the most part, I try not to pay attention to it because you don’t want to be careful as a comedian. I try to keep my business small enough so it can still be authentic enough,” he continued.

Watch his comments around the 42:00 mark

Chappelle has previously acknowledged some backlash, though

In his 2017 Netflix special, Equanimity, Chappelle opened up about receiving a letter from a fan who was upset about a joke he’d made about transgender people in one of his performances. While he did not explicitly apologize, he expressed regret for hurting the fan’s feelings.

Again, he hasn’t said a word about the drama surrounding Sticks and Stones, but he did sort of predict that it would happen.

“I don’t think I did anything wrong. But we’ll see,” he said in the program.

Fellow comedians have defended ‘Sticks and Stones’

More than a handful of comedians have taken up for Chappelle’s latest stand-up.

Most recently, Sarah Silverman said in a Sept. 16 interview with The Los Angeles Times that she “loved” the program.

“There were things in it that I did not like. But has there been a special you love and agree with across the board? That’s comedy: You overstep. You say things you might not even believe by the time it comes out. You’re always changing. It’s art. It’s not politics,” she said.

Jim Gaffigan also said that while some of the jokes surprised him, Chappelle is a comedian at the end of the day.

Dave Chappelle | Leigh Vogel/Getty Images

The controversy is seemingly only getting bigger by the day, so maybe it’s only a matter of time before Chappelle’s wife alerts him to it.