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Legendary comedian Dave Chappelle inspired more outrage when he joined a group of local residents to kill a proposal for low income housing in rural Ohio as a part of a large residential development.
Chappelle grew up in Yellow Springs, Ohio, a small rural village of 3,700 people about 20 miles from Dayton. He bought 39 acres of farmland there and moved back in 2005.
On Monday, he attended a village council meeting where he threatened to pull his plans to develop a restaurant called “Firehouse Eatery” and comedy club called “Live from YS” in the town.
“I cannot believe you would make me audition for you! You look like clowns!” he told the council.
“I am not bluffing. I will take it all off the table,” he added.
While he didn’t give the reasons for his opposition to the project, a friend of his told The Daily Mail that the comedian opposed the project because the housing would not really serve those with low incomes.
Other residents offered many different reasons to oppose the low income housing, including water management issues, traffic flow, and lack of cooperation with the public from the village officials. The council voted to drop the low income housing requirement from the development project.
When news and video of Chappelle’s comments to the city council hit social media, many on the left responded with anger and outrage that he would be against the low income housing proposal.
“Whats going on is that he was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Can’t have the unsavory poor living within eyesight. I didn’t give a s*** about the uproar over his stand up routines but THIS is some gross class war bulls***,” read one tweet.
“Dave Chappelle isn’t a good person,” tweeted another detractor. “But to interfere with the low-income residents in Yellow Springs is elitist. I do not support this.”
“Do you know how great it would be for single moms and their kids to able to live in a place like Yellow Springs Ohio? But Dave Chappelle said no so that’s that. Again, HE’S AN A**HOLE,” read another tweet.
“Rich don’t like having poor people around… Unless they are servants,” tweeted another critic.
Others defended Chappelle on the basis that many of his critics were assuming that he was against low income housing simply rather than what appeared to be a more complex local issue.
Chappelle has been criticized over previous comments that were called “transphobic” by transgender activists and their allies.
Here’s the video of Chappelle’s comments to the village council:
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