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Wayne Brady Says He Was Offended by Chappelle’s “Negrodamus” Skit

In the midst of promoting his performance in Flint, MI on February 11th, Wayne Brady took some time out to sit down with The Flint Journal and discuss his career.

During the interview, Brady discussed why he was offended by a skit on Chappelle’s Show where a character played by Paul Mooney joked that “White people like Wayne Brady, because he makes Bryant Gumbel look like Malcolm X”: 

I get offended from a bigger level, in the fact of black people, we are one of the only races that I feel, if someone is judged as not being black enough, no matter how well they’re doing, the thought isn’t, “Hey, look how good that brother’s doing, and he represents us, and if he can get in that door, we can get in that door.” People take it to be, “Ugh, look at him. He only got there because white people put him on. Listen to how he talks. He’s not hard, he doesn’t do this, he’s a square.” Taking the negative slant.

Brady goes on to say:

I even told Paul that I didn’t find it funny. That’s the thing, I stick by what I say. I don’t say a lot of it in the press, but I’m not a chump, either.

Well, Brady was making a strong case until he used the word “chump.”  Truth is, being told you’re not black enough because you’re articulate is out of bounds, but being called a nerd is well within bounds. It happens in all communities; white, black, Asian, and Latino. So, the question becomes, was Mooney’s character calling Brady a nerd or a sellout?

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3 Responses to Wayne Brady Says He Was Offended by Chappelle’s “Negrodamus” Skit

  1. keith

    February 5, 2012 at 3:34 am

    Come on now. We all know Paul Mooney has a history of attacking black public figures calling them sellout. It it not secrete. While I admire Paul’s willingness to confront those who really prefer to dwell on the whiter side of the track, I must admit he does go too far and at times miss the mark completely. I think Wayne Brady is a true brotha who talks intelligently, yet will be down for the cause when the time presents itself. So Paul Mooney needs to sit his blk ass down and shut the Nuck up (you know what I was trying to say right?) Besides, word on the street is that Paul Mooney is a Flaming Faggot which is kind of odd since Dave Chappelle’s don’t like gay people.

  2. Mx

    February 4, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    “Hey, look how good that brother’s doing, and he represents us…” When has that ever been true for Wayne Brady? He has never represented “US”-I have yet to see a segment of anything in which Wayne Brady or Bryant Gumbel or montel Williams, show pride in who they are. If anything, The Dave Chapelle show introduced him to the black community in a different light. Paul Mooney is an icon known for telling it like it is. Wayne Brady and his pouting-which is soooo old, by the way- is irrelevant.

  3. Knutz

    February 4, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    I can imagine how Wayne felt . the skit may have seemed innocent but Paul should have given Wayne a heads up before hand . Wayne Brady is alright in my book .