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Dave Chappelle Defends Michael Jackson on Netflix Stand-Up Special, Accusers Accusers and Estate Respond

August 27, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

Dave Chappelle’s latest stand-up special on Netflix is drawing attention after the comedian included a Michael Jackson defense in his routine. Chappelle’s Sticks & Stones released on Netflix early Tuesday morning, and features Chappelle discussing “cancel culture” and defending the late pop singer over the allegations raised in HBO’s Leaving Neverland docuseries that he sexually abused Wade Robson and James Safechuck when they were kids.

According to TMZ, Chappelle says in the special that he doesn’t believe the two and called their graphic descriptions of the abuse “gross.” Of course, it must be said that this is a stand-up comedy special, and thus the line between how much of it Chappelle believes and what he’s saying for pure comic value is blurry at best.

For example, Chappelle goes on to joke that he’s a “victim-blamer” and that if he’d heard about that Jackson allegedly molesting children, he’d ask, “Well, what were those kids wearing at the time?” He also said that if it did happen, they should be honored and that “I know it seems harsh, but somebody’s gotta teach these kids — no such thing as a free trip to Hawaii. He’s going to want to look at your butthole or something.” He also defended Kevin Hart over the dust-up late last year regarding old anti-LBGTQ comments which saw him step down as the Oscars host, Chris Brown and more.

TMZ spoke with Robson and his lawyer and asked about the comments. Robson said, “He can say whatever he wants. It reveals him, not us.” Meanwhile, his lawyer said:

“Although Mr. Chappelle is entitled to his opinions, however misinformed they may be, it’s unfortunate that he has chosen to use his platform to shame sexual abuse victims, and spread his ignorance of sexual abuse and the way it is perpetrated upon children, in an attempt to resurrect his career.

Mr. Chappelle should look to fellow comedian Hannibal Buress, who instead used his platform as a mode of social change, by addressing the injustice of Bill Cosby’s alleged sexual abuse of many women head on when no other comedian would, as an example of positive work done from a place of intestinal fortitude.”

Safechuck also spoke out, telling the site, “I’m heartbroken for all those children who look to see how they will be received when they finally find the courage to speak out about their sexual abuse. I just want to reach out to other survivors and let them know that we can’t let this type of behavior silence us. Together we are strong.”

And not one to stay slient when the allegations against Jackson come up, the co-executor of the Michael Jackson Estate lauded Chappelle’s comments, saying:

“We agree with Dave Chappelle – these guys are damn liars. After years of exploiting Michael’s generosity, they waited until he was gone and unable to defend himself before accusing him. They did this in secrecy. They did not do any independent investigation.
They did not verify the stories. They didn’t talk to anyone because they did not want another side. This isn’t R. Kelly – there are no videos. This isn’t Harvey Weinstein, there aren’t multiple accusers.

They interviewed only two guys out of the thousands who visited Neverland – oh, and surprise surprise – they are the only two with lawsuits for hundreds of millions of dollars. Why wasn’t their financial interest disclosed? The whole documentary is bogus. Robson and Safechuck are liars and they know the truth, which is why Dave’s comedy touched a nerve.