According to Radaronline audience members at a recent Dave Chappelle show in Massachusetts left during the comedian’s standup routine after he slammed both Hamas and Israel.
His performance in Boston took place last week, following an attack by the Palestinian militant group on Israel from the Gaza Strip on October 7.
Chappelle’s comedic take on the terrorist strike and its aftermath led to some fans walking out of the show.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the 50-year-old comic condemned the Hamas attack against Israel earlier this month.
He also reportedly criticized the Israeli government for “war crimes” against Palestinian civilians in Gaza.
Chappelle’s show at the TD Garden arena reportedly grew so heated that fans started to chant “Free Palestine.” At least one audience member told the comedian to “shut up.”
Other audience members walked out of the comedy show and took to social media to blast Chappelle over his controversial “tirade.”
“The audience was cheering Chappelle on during his tirade. I was sick. We were sick,” one person wrote. “I turned to my friends and wife and said I think it is time to go.”
“We walked out and met up with many other Jews leaving the show,” they continued. “Never in my life have I felt so unsafe and so fearful of what I was witnessing.”
Meanwhile, Chappelle also reportedly argued that college students who publicly support Palestine amid the ongoing Israeli-Hamas conflict should not lose future job offers.
The comedian’s rep also said that Chappelle “denies being in Boston” on Thursday night when his show at the TD Garden arena took place.
Chappelle’s alleged “tirade” in Massachusetts came nearly two weeks after Hamas launched an unprecedented terrorist attack against Israel from the Gaza Strip on October 7.
At least 1,400 civilians were killed and more than 200 others were taken hostage by the Palestinian militant group.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared war against Hamas on October 8.
— Noman Ansari (@Pugnate) October 20, 2023