With surprise appearance by Musk, Dave Chappelle’s disconnect with society was on full display in San Francisco

It’s almost Friday yet it’s as if I can still hear the sound. There was a lot of groaning over the week about Dave Chappelle’s show in San Francisco, and this time, it had nothing to do with his insensitivity toward the transgender community. The legendary comic switched up his routine in epic fashion and performed several magic-tricks-of-sorts, in my view, after morphing from a celebrated— and frequently derided— comedian to a political stunt man all before the very eyes of thousands of people in a live audience.

Scene from "Django Unchained."
Scene from “Django Unchained.”

That noise that has been ringing in my ears this week is possibly a reverberation of the boo’s that filled Chase Center on Saturday night when to everyone’s surprise — and chagrin — Dave pulled a white rabbit out of a hat in the form of “the world’s richest man.” Elon, in all of his aloof glory, took the stage and the mood dampened — quickly. There were scattered cheers in the audience, which Musk played up as more support for his appearance than it truly was (delusional much?) but it was clear the majority of the audience was not laughing.

Chappelle seemed surprised by the cold reception to his new snow bunny, perhaps as much as Elon was, but how? Or, more “importantly,” why? Those weren’t the only questions I was left with by the impromptu spectacle.

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I’ve been a fan of Dave Chappelle for decades; he has demonstrated an ability to relate and convey the feelings of Black America in the face of everyday injustices, and communicate the hardships “commoners” endure… with a knee slapper or two. He has been incredible at eliciting laughs with his risk-taking performances — until now. I’m sure others can argue Chappelle forgot to defend the marginalized and neglected when he took his jokes perhaps too far, turning trans people into fodder for some of his Netflix comedy specials. I listened to the entirety of those stand-ups, so I agreed to disagree with some of his assertions and attitudes towards the transgender community. But I also looked the other way when he got soft on Donald Trump following his election in 2016, if that tells you anything about my soft spot for Dave. (Frankly, any real “man of the people” should have known better than to cohort with a narcissistic billionaire who has an undeniable knack for riling up a bleeding-heart, so-called “liberal” city like San Francisco.) I even stood by Dave with his criticism of gay White men and agreed with some of his viewpoints, but Saturday was the moment when I dropped the fandom like a bad… rabbit. It finally became clear with Elon’s appearance that Chappelle lost his way, and demonstrated he is prone to it. (It was also a reminder why it’s difficult for me to openly declare myself a fan of anyone who earns a paycheck from mass media).

The oddities didn’t end there. However, I was more puzzled by Dave Chappelle’s invitation to Musk, and subsequent defense of his presence than the mere fact that the “Chief Twit” was someplace the audience didn’t desire. Did Chappelle really think his audience paid money and waited in line to be exposed to Elon Musk in person for 10 minutes!?

I considered, however, maybe Musk was invited to help Chappelle’s buddy Talib with Twitter. Getting a load of the sight on my phone, the most important question came to me: how long does it take for celebrities to lose touch with reality? In my opinion, Dave Chappelle was always seemingly the most grounded with his finger to the pulse of society, which is why I stuck by him and kept laughing. Sure, he has, to my memory, always been a free speech absolutist, but he also didn’t wear rose colored glasses — his vision was pretty clear when it mattered. To not see Musk for who he is was a major oversight… or perhaps, just another poor “comedic” choice on Chappelle’s part.

I’ve written more about Musk than I care to these past few months, and as of tonight, he is still acting rabid as evidenced by breaking news that Twitter suspended several journalists’ accounts over them allegedly sharing information about the egomaniac’s jet-setting. This comes after Twitter also hid the account Musk asked to buy from a user who was tracking and posting his flight details.

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Twitter has been Musk’s naughty playground, hopping from one problem to another.

Musk, once heralded as “the richest man in the world,” (he was dethroned this week) can afford his own platform. And I am not suggesting anyone who can afford their own enterprise shouldn’t be able to make independent decisions, that goes for Chappelle too. But, Elon arguably has the platform, and it happens to be shared by millions of others as well. Look, as a journalist of a certain age, I didn’t love Twitter. I was one of its earliest haters, even after begrudgingly creating an account, because I accepted this is where people want to be as we communicate in the digital age we live in. Yet, Elon has shown whose platform it truly belongs to now. That’s the power of being at the highest level of the upper echelon of society, and Dave was all right with rubbing shoulders with him in public.

I don’t know what Chappelle’s next act will be, but if he has another trick up his sleeve, it will be interesting to see if he can magically return to a comedian who shows us he is in tune with the oppressed and underprivileged.