Jordan Peele Had Time for “BlacKkKlansman” Haters on Twitter Last Week

Jordan Peele
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Announcements of Jordan Peele’s newest project, a Spike Lee helmed film named BlacKkKlansman, were met with mixed reviews. Anyone who knows Spike Lee knows this film is going to be nothing short of shocks and culturally relevant messages, but a few unsuspecting folks walked themselves into an iconic clapback after questions of Peele’s authenticity started to pop up.

In response to a Shawow and Act tweet announcing the collab, Twitter user @Ski_ptical suggested Peele had stolen the idea from former Comedy Central heavy-hitter Dave Chappelle.

Chappelle created character Clayton Bigsby for his sketch-variety, The Chappelle Show. The character is a blind black man ,who is a very vocal member of the white supremacist hate group, The Ku Klux Klan. The character’s controversial personality helped solidify Chappelle as one of comedy’s greats.

Peele also gained notoriety from a sketch format show on Comedy Central. Chappelle has been very open about his feelings toward Key & Peele, suggesting the pair should give him credit for his work in opening doors for the culturally critical sketch format. Chappelle parted ways with Comedy Central after years of creative differences on content.

After reading the tweets, Peele must have felt some type of way. He tweeted a simple, yet effective response:

The picture suggests the two have worked out any issues they had in the past, and that Peele’s new project is a result of hard work and success. When you post a pic with your idol and an Oscar, Twitter goes wild.

I guess the guys are alright after all.