In a recent interview on The Root, Dave Chappelle talked about how his relationships with his family were strained. He even went as far as to say that he had not spoken with some of them in years and that their relationship was fractured. Many might interpret this as Chappelle being bitter or him taking his comedy too far. But according to Daphne Dorman, the mother of Chappelle’s ex-girlfriend and one of the people mentioned in the interview, it is all taken out of context and an unfair representation of what Dave actually feels. After posting her response on Facebook, many have come to her defense regarding these claims and giving a little insight into why Dave might feel that way. Here is what she had to say…
when I saw him last month for hurting my feelings and he is a man of honour . He is the most sensitive and kindhearted person I know and I don’t want his name or legacy to be tarnished by this interview.
I know that he loves his family and wants only the best for them, but he has been hurt so deeply by them that he cannot turn the other cheek and ignore their actions toward him.
He is also a grown man who can make his own decisions and can say whatever he wants to say – even if it hurts his family members . He doesn’t have to apologize for anything he said in that interview. He is a comedian and we all know that is how he makes his living . He was being interviewed by The Root, a Black publication and he was simply speaking the truth in his honest and comedic way. I know he didn’t mean to hurt my feelings, but he knows I am honest and he knows I call it how I see it and wouldn’t sugarcoat anything.
If you are going to drag someone’s name through the mud, at least do them the courtesy of getting their side of the story first and actually having an honest reason behind it – not just because you want to see them fail and make a name for yourself.
I know that I am not the only person who has been hurt by what was said in the interview and I truly hope that people will take the time to really listen to what he said, read between the lines and know the truth behind what was said. I have never seen someone more hurt and sad about his family and his relationship with them than Dave. He doesn’t want to hurt them or anyone else, but he also doesn’t want to be hurt either. He is a human being and he has feelings too.
I have always defended Dave, even when we have broken up romantically and he has been so deeply hurt by his family’s actions.
I am a mother and I will always defend Dave because I know how deeply he was hurt by his family’s actions and I know in my heart that he is not the person they and others make him out to be.
I love and care deeply for him and I only hope that people will see this interview for what it is and not what they want it to be. I am a strong woman and I am not ashamed or embarrassed by who I am or by my relationship with Dave. He is a good man and I am very lucky to have had him in my life.
I hope that people will begin to see the truth behind what was said in the interview and know that Dave is not a bad person. He is a good man and he just wants to be left alone to do his thing.
I wish his family members would let him live his life and leave him alone, but unfortunately it doesn’t look like that is going to happen any time soon.
I hope that people will see this interview for what it is, not what they want it to be. read more daphne dorman chappelle