I have a feeling it is. It would only explain his lack of response to all the talks of the delay of his show and well it explains the delay of the show itself. I guess this guy couldn't handle the new found fame and fortune...that 50 million dollar contract threw him over the edge apparently!...LMAO!!!!!!!!
"But why South Africa?"
...trying to down play what is happening and also keep from too many details getting out...
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12816 posts, RR: 13
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 2 hours ago) and read 2248 times:
There is often a connection between creativity and mental health problems. This may be the case with Mr. Chappelle. Perhaps there is a family history of mental health problems. There are also stories of him partying, pressure from Comedy Central to tone down some of his most conterversial humor or just couldn't face the stress of obligations to his huge contract. It is a bit wierd of him going to South Africa, but as noted above, he would be able to keep his privacy there well away from the press here in the USA.
Mental illness is something very serious to deal with. Let's hope he can recover.
DL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11445 posts, RR: 80
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 1 hour ago) and read 2220 times:
Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 7): Where would you rather be, Ian....in an institute here in the States where every paparazzi with a zoom lens could capture your plight or as far away as reasonably possible?
Good point.....although celebs go to institutes here all the time. That said, I'd probably go to one overseas as well.
The press are screwing up aviation reports all the time, see the thread about the AF diversion and Sky News' headline "Terror Alert On Jet"....who's to say they don't have the wrong end of the stick here too?
After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
Flybyguy From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 1798 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2156 times:
He must realize that once he signs contracts in Hollywood he is the property of those that formulated it. Every celebrity under contract is an investment. When celebrities pull such antics as Chappelle just did, they become a liability. He just ruined his career. No one is going to sign him up with big money if he just gets up and leaves the country on a whim.
I'm not saying that he doesn't deserve to seek means of contentment and personal betterment, but I am saying that he should not expect to be welcomed with open arms in Hollywood upon his return, especially by producers and investors.
"Are you a pretender... or a thoroughbred?!" - Professor Matt Miller
Senorcarnival From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2139 times:
Quoting CORULEZ05 (Reply 11): yea but not MENTAL HOSPITALS. Celebs go to rehab but a mental hospital...much more embarassing.
Do you have issues with psychiatry?
That's the second time in as many threads you put mental illnesses in a negative light.
Mental health is not something to be embarassed about (or proud for that matter.) It's no fun to be (or watch those around you that are) depressed, or have some other form of a mental/emotional disorder. For the most part, it's an unfortunate imbalance of brain chemicals, and it's why many people see psychiatrists, so get off the psychiatry = kookiness wagon already.
Alright, I'm off the soapbox now.
CactusA319 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 2918 posts, RR: 26
Reply 20, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2060 times:
Talented comics like Dave Chappelle tend to have personal demons they have to contend with, usually at the height of their fame. Look at the examples of John Belushi, Chris Farley, Martin Lawrence, Richard Pryor, Freddie Prinze, etc. At the very least Chappelle is seeking help and isolating himself while he sorts out his issues, rather than have a drug-induced meltdown or worse, a drug-related death.
That said I'm sure there is more to this story than what is being related by the media. Chappelle is probably my favorite comedian right now and I wish him the best. I'm sure he'll return to the limelight eventually, probably with some new material from the time he went "crazy".