(AllHipHop News) In his latest comedy special for Netflix, Dave Chappelle presented jokes about the LGBT community, white school shooters, the #MeToo Movement, and Michael Jackson. A section of Sticks & Stones also tackled Surviving R. Kelly.
Executive Producer Dream Hampton’s Emmy-nominated docuseries covered the sexual, physical, and mental abuse allegations against R&B singer R. Kelly over the last three decades. According to Chappelle, Hampton asked him to be part of the program but he turned down being in the documentary because he did not have any personal interactions with the accused pedophile.
The back-and-forth over Surviving R. Kelly went from Netflix to Twitter. Hampton responded to Chappelle in a series of tweets that referenced the classic Chappelle’s Show skit “P### On You” which depicted Chappelle performing as R. Kelly in a music video.
Quick fact check: I didn’t personally (or casually) invite Chappelle to be interviewed for the doc. The producer responsible for celeb outreach officially asked him, more than once. I haven’t seen or talked to him in about 8 years. Weird he told his joke that way. I also, obviously, didn’t need Chapelle to talk about R. Kelly personally. I wanted him to talk about the two pieces of cultural criticism he produced about R. Kelly for the Chapelle show. I also have never in my life said the words “too hot for tv”, because, B####, that’s not how I sound. There is nothing more radical—or necessary, than comedy that takes on power. An actual brave and brilliant comic can collapse regimes and shift culture in ways nothing and no one else can. I hope someone emerges… No, I wasn’t trying to just invite “anybody” that “would possibly say something bad about R Kelly” I asked our producer T. Farris to invite him on because [Dave Chappelle] already “said” this [link to Comedy Central’s “P### On You” YouTube video] This really isn’t rocket science… I a) care about Black girls b) don’t think abusing as many Black girls as R Kelly did happens without many, many people refusing to speak up about it. If that’s hilarious, then awesome, thanks for coming to my Netflix special.
Back in January, Dream Hampton also had a public spat with Neo-Soul songstress Erykah Badu over Surviving R. Kelly. Hampton claimed she asked a producer to contact Badu about appearing in the program. Badu denied rejecting a request to be in the Lifetime docuseries, and she demanded Hampton apologize for wrongfully suggesting she was approached about Surviving R. Kelly.
Hampton replied, “Apologize? Are you kidding? Again, you PUBLICLY said he did more for black people than anyone? If you want to apologize for that, fine, apology accepted, on behalf of Harriet and the whole crew. What you meant by calling him your brother from the stage, I’ll never know..”