Dave Chappelle: ‘The Biggest Enemy of an Artist Is Apathy’

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 04: Dave Chappelle arrives at the 2014 GQ Men Of The Year Party at Chateau Marmont on December 4, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
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Saturday, at the RUSH Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s Art for Life benefit on Long Island, Dave Chappelle spoke about how his return to comedy is happening during such a racially turbulent moment in American history:

“This is a very surprisingly emotionally charged time,” he said to the AP, “so people like me, I think, are very relevant and necessary in sorting through all this information and emotional content. And when we are at our best, hopefully we are doing a great service to many people.”

“The biggest enemy of an artist is apathy … A kid gets killed by the police and I buy a T-shirt and before I can wear that one, there’s another kid (killed) and I’m running out of closet space.”

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