Have you heard the one about Dave Chappelle and the banana peel? It’s really not funny but that never stopped me before so here you go. So a guy with a banana walks into a bar, Dave says something he doesn’t like so he throws a banana peel at him and gets escorted out of the building by security. Dave declines to press charges. Ready for the punchline? According to The Hollywood Reporter, the guy, Christian Englander, is now suing Dave and the security guard/“presumed bodyguard” claiming he was “struck twice while being restrained.”
The banana peel incident happened at a show in Santa Fe, NM back in 2015. On Friday, Englander filed the lawsuit against Dave and his “presumed bodyguard.” I know throwing a banana peel at a black man sounds racist as fuck but you have to believe him when he says he’s the least racist person you’ll ever meet. THR reports:
Englander, who is white, has said he had no racial motivation when he threw the banana peel at Chappelle, who is black, but was angered by something the comic said during the show.
So had this chucklehead just run a marathon and needed to get his potassium levels right, so he came to the club with a banana and just started going to town on it during the show? Or did he bring it and ask the bartender to put it in a daiquiri for him so he could meet his two drink minimum island-style? Or, now this one is going to sounds crazy, did he bring a banana peel to a Dave Chappelle show with the specific purpose of throwing it at him because he’s a racist?
The police became involved after the incident, but the definitely non-racially motivated fruit flinger didn’t say a word about his alleged assault at the time. Dude got real lucky too. He was facing charges of battery and disturbing the peace which were dropped because Dave was “unwilling to participate in the prosecution”. Now he’s using that lucky break as an excuse for not saying anything earlier.
Englander’s claim he was assaulted wasn’t mentioned in the police report, but his lawyer said it would have been raised if Englander went on trial.
This case sounds like a real turkey to me. And that’s not racist, I can totally say that. I do not condone violence in any way but if he really did get hurt, it was probably an accident and England hurt himself by slipping on a banana peel. It could happen to anybody.