HARTFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) — Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra is one of many Hartford residents not happy with the recent disparaging remarks by comedian Dave Chappelle, after his refusal to perform last Thursday at the Comcast Theatre.
While the comedian’s walk-off gained national attention last week, the controversy sparked up once again when Chappelle spoke about the incident during a performance in Chicago on past Tuesday.
“I don’t want anything bad to happen to the United States,” Chappelle was quoted during his routine. “But if North Korea ever drops a nuclear bomb on this country, I hope it lands in Hartford, Connecticut.”
Chappelle’s comments have generated a new round of social media debate from both critics and supporters, and even Hartford’s Mayor Pedro Segarra commented on his Twitter page:
Dave Chappelle should quit whining, do his job and try some yoga. #HartfordHasIt P.E.S.—
Mayor Pedro Segarra (@HartfordMayor) September 05, 2013
The city’s Mayor, who was not in attendance at the show, also issued a statement on the performer’s actions stating “[Chappelle's] recent remarks were immature and inappropriate. Dave Chappelle should stick to his job, give the fans what they paid for and not disparage the good people of Hartford.”
Chappelle is currently performing as the headlining act of the Oddball Comedy and Curiosity Festival, a nationwide tour which will include a stop at nearby Mansfield, MA on September 8th.