Saturday, July 3, 2010

Dave Chappelle's Strange Behavior on an Airplane: What's Up Dave?

What's the deal with Dave Chappelle? According to TMZ, Chapelle was reportedly acting strange on a private jet, so much so that the jet had to make an emergency landing in Pittsburgh. Their source is stating that the flight was headed from New Jersey to Ohio and that Chappelle "freaked out" refusing to put on his seatbelt.

The source also says that Chappelle repeatedly walked into the cockpit, asking the pilot how much longer the flight would be, and even grabbed the pilot's arms. That is when it was allegedly determined that Chappelle was a safety risk, and the flight was grounded.

TMZ then claims that after landing, Chappelle checked into a hotel. However, sources at the hotel are claiming that Dave told the employees that he wanted to rent a car to go back to Ohio, but that he didn't remember where he lived.

I'm not sure what the deal is with Dave Chappelle, one of the most talented and privileged comedians in America. He had the world at his feet, with a hit show and a $50 million contract to do what he does best. It does appear, however, that there is something inside Chappelle that simply can't handle fame.

I'm not here to say that Dave Chappelle has a drug or alcohol problem, but some might wonder if that's the case. Such peculiar behavior does nothing to give corporate America confidence that he is a reliable brand in which they should invest their money. Corporations don't like risk, and every celebrity who freaks out on a plane, uses the N-word on his girlfriend (Mel Gibson) or jumps up and down on Oprah's couch (Tom Cruise) becomes a risk that most financial backers are not willing to take.

Good luck Dave, I wish you the best.

Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the Your Black World Coalition and a Scholarship in Action Resident of the Institute for Black Public Policy. To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.

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