Dave Chappelle’s Iceberg Slim joke is breaking the Internet. Iceberg Slim was a pimp and author who was born Robert Maupin aka Robert Beck on August 4, 1918 in Chicago. He passed away on April 28, 1992. Chappelle uses Iceberg Slim’s 1967 book Pimp to explain why he left his hit series, Chappelle’s Show in 2005.
In Pimp, Iceberg Slim discusses his life and the decisions he made as a black man in America before desegregation. He became a pimp when he was 18, after a stint in jail. Iceberg Slim earned his name because of his ability to stay cool no matter the situation.
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Chappelle shares a story about one of Iceberg’s main workers from his days as a pimp. The woman wants to quit so Iceberg has her hook up with one more man before they part ways. Iceberg sets the woman up and makes her think that she kills the man. This makes the woman grateful and she decides to keep working for Iceberg.
Check out Twitter’s reaction to The Bird Revelation:
I wasn’t crazy about Dave Chappelle’s first couple Netflix specials. But his newest one, “The Bird Revelation”, is the most nuanced, challenging, shrewd show he’s ever done. The Iceberg Slim analogy is perfect.
— Adam Proteau (@Proteautype) December 31, 2017
Most of Twitter thought Dave’s Iceberg Slim reference was unforgettable.
— TaliTheDread (@tali7bey) December 31, 2017
There were some people that weren’t feeling Dave’s explanation:
If you think that Iceberg Slim story explains anything about why Dave left, you’re easily manipulated.
That didn’t explain shit. #DaveChappelle
— D-Lucks (@DLucksDS) January 1, 2018
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