Following the release of the Surviving R. Kelly docu-series, Dave Chappelle’s infamous R. Kelly sketch has obtained renewed interest. The skit is a mock music video entitled “Piss on You.” While many are guilty of laughing at the crude video in the past, the sketch greatly trivialized Kelly's child pornography case, and the rounds the video is making now are much more critical.
In an interview with The Breakfast Club radio show on Tuesday, Chappelle’s Show co-creator Neal Brennan commented on the criticisms, claiming people don’t understand comedy.
“I don’t think people understand what comedy is supposed to do,” Brennan said about the skit. “We will observe things, we will make fun of things. Did people want us to round up a posse and go arrest R. Kelly? Like, what were we supposed to do?”
Funnily enough, the video also includes an interesting backstory. According to Brennan, Kelly attempted to fight Dave after the skit was released.
“R. Kelly wanted to fight Dave,” Brennan alleged on The Breakfast Club. “His goons stepped to Dave in Chicago and Dave’s goons intervened. The goons negotiated.”
But in 2016, the 52-year-old artist told GQ he hadn’t seen the skit.
With Surviving R. Kelly, the disgraced singer has dealt with much-deserved backlash.
He’s currently under criminal investigation, and protestors are imploring Sony to officially #MuteRKelly. Blavity recently reported that on Wednesday, members of #MuteRKelly, Black Women's Blueprint, Care2, Color of Change, CREDO, Girls for Gender Equity, NOW-NYC and UltraViolet all teamed up to host a rally demanding Kelly be removed from his label.
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