Dave Chappelle never really explained why he strayed from Chapel Show – but he alluded to it.
On stage, during The revelation of the bird, Chappelle memorably compared the world of showbiz exploitation to the heartbreaking experience of an abused sex worker, and expressed his displeasure that ViacomCBS allowed Chapel Show to several streaming giants, without paying him a single penny.
From his recent SNL monologue, Chappelle took action and contacted Netflix directly to request that Chapel Show be removed from streaming. And Netflix has would have respected, perhaps acknowledging that it might be a good idea to keep Chappelle happy, given the quality of her Netflix-exclusive specials.
In a video posted to Instagram, titled unforgiven, Chappelle explains his reasoning by doing what he does best – telling a story (the full video can be found here, and definitely worth a visit).
In the video, Chappelle reflects on how many times he’s been intimidated by powerful industry figures, cheated, exploited and humiliated, until he realizes he can’t change an operating system. on his own – but he understands his influence with Netflix.
“That’s why I’m fucking with Netflix. Because they paid me my money, they do what they say they’re going to do, and they’ve gone above and beyond what you’d expect of “a businessman. They did something just because they thought I could think they were wrong. And I do – I think if you stream this show, you get some stolen goods back. “
Chappelle asks his audience to boycott Chapel Show, until he is properly compensated:
“So I don’t go to the agents, I come to my real boss – I come to your place. I beg you – if you ever loved me, if you ever thought there was something worthwhile. at my house, I beg you, please don’t watch this show. I’m not asking you to boycott any network – boycott me. Chapel Show. Don’t watch it unless they pay me.
The conversation comes at an interesting time – Kanye West is apparently undergoing a similar battle against the music industry, as Disney is currently embroiled in a bitter copyright war that is be described as “unprecedented” and “grotesque”.
Chappelle may be relatively wealthy compared to the majority of his fans, but his request seems more than reasonable – he is simply asking to be paid fairly for his work.
Signing a restrictive contract, designed to disorient and intimidate newcomers to the industry, isn’t exactly a rare experience, and one would hope that Chappelle’s stance might encourage other artists to express themselves.