Oprah's Chappelle interview online
by Adam Finley, posted Feb 6th 2006 11:44AM
If you missed Dave Chappelle's appearance on Oprah, don't fret. You can catch the interview online over at You Tube. Since Dave's appearance there's been a lot of speculation about his mental state from armchair critics (wait, I'm one of those) and various opinionated individuals who, through the luxury of hindsight, know exactly what Dave should and shouldn't have done. Maybe I'm going out in a limb here, but I think Dave seemed perfectly normal. The only "abnormal" thing I noticed was that he acted like a regular person, which is rare on television. He didn't always have a direct answer for Oprah's questions, and yes, sometimes he did act nervous. That's how normal people behave. It's not as if we always completely understand why we do what we do, and trying to convey our thoughts to other people can sometimes be extremely difficult. I can't say what's going on inside Dave's brain anymore than anyone else can, but watching him on Oprah felt to me like one of those rare TV moments when someone broke through the inherent phoniness of the medium and actually decided to be themselves, something most television viewers aren't used to seeing. Maybe Dave could have come across better if he had gotten his thoughts in a row ahead of time, but watching him shoot from the hip was far better television.