April 5, 2014
An evil White supremacist racist Nazi person named Christian Englander threw a banana peel at Black comedian Dave Chappelle during his comedy show in New Mexico. This prompted the banana peel thrower to be arrested. It also resulted in widespread international news coverage for some reason.
I personally found this incident funny, but Chappelle did not share this sentiment and was thinking about pressing charges against the banana thrower. Quite surprising considering some of the racially charged comedy skits he has done including one about a blind Black White supremacist.
A night of comedy took a not so funny turn Monday night in Santa Fe when someone in the audience threw a banana peel at comedian Dave Chappelle. It was a gesture the famous comedian is calling racist.
Chappelle was performing to a sold-out audience at the Lensic Performing Arts Center when 30-year old Christian Englander launched the discarded fruit at the comedian, hitting him in the leg.
According to the police report, Englander attended the show with a friend and admitted to police to stopping at an Allsup’s convenience store to buy a shot of 99 bananas liquor and an actual banana. He admitted that he consumed both before the show. Englander also told police he kept the peel in his back pocket.
Sometime during Monday night’s show, Englander says his friend who was drawing in a book was racially singled out by the comedian. Chappelle asked the friend about the drawing and wanted to know his name. The police report states that the friend said his name was “Johnny Appleseed.” Chapelle continued his show, making jokes about the name.
Santa Fe police said Englander did not appreciate Chappelle’s jokes and responded by throwing the peel at Chappelle.
“He didn’t say the specific remarks but he did feel that they were racial in nature towards his friend,” said Lt. Andrea Dobyns, a spokeswoman for the Santa Fe Police Department.
An audio recording of the show turned up online Tuesday morning. In the recording, the crowd can be heard reacting to the banana toss, following shortly by Chappelle asking, “hey, who just threw a banana peel?”
“Hey would you guys like to see your favorite comedian kick the s*** out of somebody?” said Chappelle in response to the banana toss.
“For the rest of the next, like, half hour he was talking about the banana peel and his reaction to it,” said Chris Ortiz, who attended the show.
Here’s the audio of the show where it happened:
And here’s a goofy TMZ report on the incident: