With the two most watched comedy specials in Netflix history and a new tour, Dave Chappelle is on fire. And on June 7 the socially comedian decided to share his wealth with the city of Flint Michigan. Chappelle donated the full $50,000 fee he received from Netflix to the city.
The money, which was donated to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, will go towards things like grants, scholarships, youth programs and of course the Flint water crisis that is still affecting thousands of people each passing day.
The huge donation comes after Chappelle received tons of backlash for missing a previous Flint water crisis awareness event back in 2016. He was scheduled to appear at the Justice for Flint benefit event alongside Janelle Monae, Hannibal Burress, Jesse Williams, and Ryan Coogler. The event landed on the same day as the Academy Awards and although he wasn’t initially on the guest list for the show, Chris Rock extended an invitation to Dave who decided to opt out of his Flint appearance.
As to why he decided to ditch the event, the 43-year-old comedian explained in his Netflix special, well, he’s never been to the Oscars before. He joked that it didn’t really matter if he showed up to the event or not because of the A-list lineup. The Justice for Flint event ended up raising $156,000 without him.
The $50,000 donation should allow Dave Chappelle back into the hearts of those who were outraged and if not, the money will surely be put to good use anyway.
– Rikkaya Wilson