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    “Y’all need a Batman!”: Dave Chappelle Calls Out San Francisco’s Abysmal State In A Surprise Stand-Up Show

    Dave Chappelle is at it again! This time he is not punching down and spreading transphobia and anti-Semitism. During a show in San Francisco on May 11, 2023, Chappelle slammed the city for its growing problems of homelessness and drug abuse.

    San Francisco, along with California, is facing a statewide issue of homelessness due to exorbitant housing rates. San Francisco, specifically, has seen a 35% increase in homelessness since 2019. 1,985 people died due to substance abuse between 2020 and 2022. In his set, the comedian suggested that the city needs “a Batman!’

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    The comedian slams San Francisco
    The comedian slams San Francisco

    Dave Chappelle is not ready to see the downfall of a place that he calls his “second home.” On May 11, 2023, he performed at the San Francisco Masonic Auditorium. During his set, he addressed the grave homelessness situation in San Francisco. He asked the audience, “What the f***k happened to this place?”

    San Francisco is hurting badly due to poor urban planning. The downtown area of the city is completely deserted, and many businesses are flying out of the city. The city is spending $680 million to uproot the homelessness problem, but the supporting housing units are running empty due to a complex “referral process.”

    Dave Chappelle said that the city is reduced to “half ‘Glee,’ half zombie movie.” He narrates an incident that happened to him in the Tenderloin district. When he went to an Indian restaurant, he saw a man defecating in front of the restaurant as he was walking in. He quipped that the city needs a Batman.

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    Dave Chappelle Has Been Embroiled In Controversies In The Past

    Dave Chappelle
    Dave Chappelle

    It is always a thin line that comedians have to walk between punching up and punching down. But the seasoned comedians have still not warmed up to the idea of that thin line. There have been instances where these comedians blurred the line. Dave Chappelle is one of them. Instead of using a platform to deliver uplifting humor, he exploited the downtrodden by siding with the privileged.

    During his stand-up special ‘Closer,’ Dave was highly criticized for his pro-TERF (Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists) views. During his set, he sided with J.K.Rowling, defending her for her remarks about transgender women. He said, “They canceled JK Rowling. My God! Effectually she said gender was a fact, the trans community got mad as s**t, and they started calling her a Terf… I’m Team Terf. I agree, man. Gender is a fact.”

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    Nishant Bhise
    Nishant Bhise
    Nishant Bhise is a Sub-Editor at FirstCuriosity. He has more than 2 years of experience in Entertainment content writing with the organization. Besides being a journalist and humanist, he loves cinema and intersectionality, basically everything that screams love, hope, and of course, Lady Gaga. Nishant loves and breathes popular culture, music, especially hip-hop and pop, and the royal family drama. Along with that, he takes great interest in the happenings in the technology world and politics. He is an LGBTQIA+ ally. Approach him with an apple juice to discuss Modern Family, Pose, and Schitt’s Creek.

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