In a new Netflix stand-up special released on Monday, comedian Dave Chappelle blasted today’s so-called “cancel culture” before controversially arguing that celebrities like Michael Jackson, Louis C.K., and Kevin Hart have all been victims of the modern “celebrity hunting season.”

“This is the worst time ever to be a celebrity,” Chappelle said in his comedy special “Sticks & Stones.” “You’re gonna be finished. Everyone’s doomed.”

Chappelle Defends Michael Jackson

Chappelle proceeded to bring up many controversial topics, including rape and sexual assault allegations made by victims who come forward years later. Talking about the recent allegations against Jackson, Chappelle pointed out that the singer has been dead for ten years, yet he is still facing new allegations.

“I don’t believe these motherf—–s… I don’t think he did it, but you know what? Even if he did do it… you know what I mean? I mean, it’s Michael Jackson,” Chappelle said.

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Chappelle went on to claim that Jackson’s alleged victims must have enjoyed being sexually assaulted by the singer since he was famous, saying, “You know how good it must have felt to go to school the next day after that sh–?”

There has been a renewed public interest in the allegations against Jackson since the release of the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, in which accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck claimed that the legendary singer sexually molested them when they were young boys in the 1980s and 1990s.

Chappelle Defends Louis C.K. And Kevin Hart

Not stopping there, Chappelle defended comedian Louis C.K., who has been accused of masturbating in front of various female comedians. Chappelle joked, “Louis C.K. was a very good friend of mine before he died in that terrible masturbation accident.” He also defended Kevin Hart, who lost his dream job of hosting the Oscars after old tweets of his surfaced that many said were homophobic.

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“I don’t know what you know about Kevin, but I know that Kevin Hart is damn near perfect,” Chappelle said. “As close to perfect as anybody I’ve ever seen. In fact, Kevin is precisely four tweets shy of being perfect.”

Social media users have had mixed reviews of Chappelle’s special, with some saying they were offended by it.

“Does Dave Chappelle tell joke[s] anymore or is it just him spouting unpopular opinions?” one social media user commented, with another adding, “People think there are bad reviews of Dave Chappelle stand up is because they’re ‘triggered’ and not because it’s just honestly not funny.”

Others, however, defended the comedian.

“Dave Chappelle’s entire career was built on being offensive. For those of you that hate watched it, exactly what type of content were you expecting from him?” a third user tweeted, with a fourth writing, “Please dont watch Dave Chappelle if you’re easily offended.”

Comedians Should Be Allowed To Be “Offensive”

Chappelle certainly has a point that “canceled culture” has gone way too far. In a world where everyone seems to be obsessed with political correctness, it can’t be easy to be a comedian who enjoys pushing boundaries with jokes. Though some of the jokes that Chappelle made were certainly offensive to some, it’s important to remember that as a comedian, he should be allowed to push boundaries in this way without fears of being “canceled.”

These days, people would do well to remember that if they don’t like the type of content a comedian like Chappelle is producing, they don’t have to watch him. There’s no need to ruin his life and “cancel” him, just because he said something that offends somebody out there.

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