Flashing the wild stand-up comedy that made him a household name, Eddie Murphy unleashes uncensored observations and parodies in this 1983 live show.
Eddie Murphy is a comedian, actor, writer, singer, and producer. He has been nominated for a Golden Globe for his performances in his performances in 48 Hrs, The Beverly Hills Cop series, Trading Places, and The Nutty Professor. You may also recognise his voice as Donkey in Shrek and the Chinese dragon Mushu in Disney’s Mulan.
His live 1983 stand up show delirious is now available to watch on Netflix. It has since been called an ‘anti-gay‘ set.
His set begins with this statement:
“I got some rules when I do my standup, I got rules and shit. Fag*ots aren’t allowed to look at my ass while I’m on stage. That’s why I keep moving while up here.”
“You don’t know where the fag*ot section is, you gotta keep moving,” Murphy says. “So if they do see it, quick, you switch, they don’t get no long stares.”
The 5 minute homophobic rant continues and talks about straight men catching AIDS from their girlfriends if they kiss gay men.
“It petrifies me because girls be hanging out with them,” he says.
“One night they could be in the club having fun with their gay friend, give them a little kiss. And go home with AIDS on their lips!
“And then when her husband, like five years later, Somebody says, ‘Mr. Johnson you have AIDS’. ‘AIDS?! But I’m not homosexual!’, ‘Sure you’re not homosexual!.’”
The show has received a lot of one-star ratings on the platform.
“Homophobic crap!” reads one review. “This needs to be taken off this site immediately. I was disgusted by it and couldn’t watch more than five minutes. Unfunny, homophobic rubbish!”
“The most homophobic stand up routine I’ve ever seen,” says another. “Can’t believe all the messed up things he says about AIDS, including saying how you’ll catch AIDS from your girlfriend if she kisses her gay friend. 80s hateful prejudice in full force.”
Murphy first apologised for this content in 1996. “I deeply regret any pain all this has caused. Just like the rest of the world, I am more educated about AIDS in 1996 than I was in 1981.”
“I know how serious an issue AIDS is the world over. I know that AIDS isn’t funny. It’s 1996 and I’m a lot smarter about AIDS now.
“I am not homophobic and I am not anti-gay. My wife and I have donated both time and money to AIDS research.
“I’ve had people close to me die from the disease as well. I don’t know a person who hasn’t been touched in some way by this disease.
“Everybody knows somebody who is sick. Black people have been hit harder by this disease than any other group of people on the planet.”