BREAKING: Dave Chappelle Blasts San Fransisco At Show, “What The F— Happened To This Place?”

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Dave Chappelle blasted San Fransisco during a surprise show at the SF Masonic Auditorium on Thursday night. 

The comedian put homelessness in the spotlight. He called out the crisis in San Fransisco, which he referred to as his “second home”, according to a report by SFGate.

“What the f— happened to this place?” Chappelle asked.

Chappelle went on to tell a story about an experience he had a few nights earlier during his trip.

Fox News reported:

The Netflix star told the crowd that he was dining out at an Indian restaurant in the city’s Tenderloin district and recalled that a homeless person defecated in front of the establishment just as Chappelle was walking in. 

The Washington, D.C., native said that San Francisco had devolved into a “half ‘Glee,’ half zombie movie” and added that the entire city had become the Tenderloin now. The Tenderloin district of San Francisco is notorious for its crime, homelessness, and drug problems.

Y’all [expletive] need a Batman!” the comic declared.

Chapelle’s criticism comes as the city is struggling to deal with a steep increase in homelessness and crime in recent years. It is estimated that 38,000 people are living on the streets in San Francisco on any given night, which represents a 35% increase since 2019. 

Concerns about crime and homelessness in San Fransisco have been heightened by a police staffing shortage. The department saw a 12% decrease in its number of full-duty sworn officers from 2019 to 2022.

Chappelle’s experience with public defecation is not unique to him. In 2018, Sean Miller, a newcomer to San Fransisco, developed an app named “the Snapcrap” app to make it easier for people to report human feces and used needles on the streets of the Golden City.

“See something gross? Just snap a photo and press submit,” the app’s description reads.

The photos are passed to the city’s Public Works department, which has its own 3-1-1 app to report feces and trash, as well as potholes and graffiti.

San Fransisco has become known as the epicenter of the homelessness crisis, but the problem is statewide. 

A recent study found that a third of the U.S.’s entire homeless population and of all unsheltered homeless people live in California. 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s “Point in Time” survey, was conducted in January 2022 and released at year’s end. It indicated that at least 30% of all America’s homeless population lives in California, with homeless tents and encampments prevalent in some urban centers. 

The survey showed that about 115,500 “unsheltered” people, which is half of the roughly 233,800 “unsheltered” population, live in California.

California’s homeless population increased by roughly 6% since 2020 compared to just 0.4% in the rest of the country. 

The biggest change occurred in the “homeless but sheltered” population, which rose 17% in that period, while the “unsheltered” population rose by about 2%.

The rest of the country’s unsheltered population grew faster than California’s (4%), while its sheltered population actually shrank (-2%),” the PPIC wrote in an analysis of the report. 

The state is home to the country’s most Continuums of Care, which organize and administer services to the homeless population, with 44 centers compared to runner-up Florida, which has only 27.

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