Dave Chappelle was the latest guest on Letterman’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.
This week, Netflix will release the third season of David Letterman‘s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. This season will feature appearances by Kim Kardashian-West, Robert Downey Jr., Lizzo, and Dave Chappelle. On Monday, Netflix released a clip from Chappelle’s appearance, where the two discuss the death of George Floyd, the Black Lives Matter movement, and more.
The preview shows the two discussing the efficacy of celebrities as public leaders.
“There’s no pension plan for leaders,” Chappelle said. “Martin Luther King died penniless. Malcolm X died penniless. I don’t want do that.”
When Letterman asked if it makes him a follower to be waiting on Chappelle’s opinion, Dave clarified.
“I said it behind what many others were already doing,” he continued. “The commentary after it was very heady and intellectual. And I was shocked that nobody ever talked about how it feels to watch a man get murdered that way. By a man in a police uniform.”
Letterman used the moment to recall John Lewis’ march over the Edmund Pettis bridge in Selma, Alabama. He commented on Lewis’ dedication to the Civil Rights Movement after being beaten by an officer on the bridge.
“What a tragic footnote to a tragic culture,” Chappell replied. “This is a lot to unpack. Nights like this are important. Just talking about it. We’re countrymen, all of us. We live in America. It’s weird now, because this game of ‘who suffered more,’ everyone keeps getting the ball. They act like everyone’s suffering is mutually exclusive from everyone else’s, and you and I both know that this is far from the case.”