Donnell Rawlings, best known as Ashy Larry of the Comedy Central’s “Chappelle Show” was the target of a racially charged shooting last Thursday night in Jersey City, New Jersey.
Last Thursday at approximately 10 p.m. Ashy was targeted outside a Jersey City Club where he just performed. He was leaving Club Jordan’s with his girlfriend, when a White man in a SUV brandished a gun at him and began screaming racist remarks.
The man fired three gunshots in the air before police subdued him, wrestling him to the ground and then arresting him.
Ashy says: “This is the sort of incident that the authorities and the powers that be need to be concerned about. Rampant, overt and baseless hatred that lives and breathes on our streets daily. Jokes spoken in jest are not the root of evil in our society… it’s ignorant, angry people that create chaos. I think that the saddest part is that if this had happened to someone random (read: with no media presence) this incident would go largely ignored…that is the scary part.”
It’s been a tough week for Ashy, he was booted from his gig at the Ed Lover Morning Show last week following a controversial comment the comedian made during the aftermath of the Don Imus controversy.