In a surprise maneuver, stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle defended the First and Second Amendments during his acceptance speech for the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The speech comes hot on the heels of his hotly debated un-PC Netflix special “Sticks & Stones”.
Defending American values
In an age when comedians get attacked for simply making jokes, Dave Chappelle gives woke America little stock.
“(I) don’t get mad at ’em, don’t hate on ’em,” he said during his acceptance speech. “Man, it’s not that serious. The First Amendment is first for a reason. Second Amendment is just in case the First one doesn’t work out.”
These aren’t new sentiments from Chappelle. The comedian focuses in on how crazy audiences are these days when it comes to free speech in his recent stand-up.
Dave Chappelle’s “Sticks & Stones”
In his “Sticks & Stones” Netflix comedy special, Chappelle takes cancel culture head on:
“‘Hey, if you do anything wrong in your life and I find out about it, I’m gonna try and take everything away from you. And I don’t care what I find out. Could be today, tomorrow or 15-20 years from now. If I find out, you’re [expletive] finished.’ You know who that is? That’s you,” he told the crowd of viewers, both in the audience and at home.
And, of course, the woke PC crowds turned up their noses and now say Dave Chappelle isn’t funny anymore.
Not surprisingly, the public found Chappelle’s unabashedly anti-PC Netflix special hilarious despite hate from liberal critics.
Political correctness run amok
Prior to the award ceremony at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C, Dave Chappelle spoke with reporters on the red carpet. And, as if one cue, again addressed the issue of political correctness.
“Political correctness has its place,” the “A Star Is Born” actor said. “We all want to live in a polite society, we just kind of have to work on the levels of coming to an agreement of what that actually looks like.”
Dave Chappelle: "Political correctness has its place… I, personally, am not afraid of other people's freedom of expression. I don't use it as a weapon. It just makes me feel better. And I'm sorry if I hurt anybody. Etc., etc. Yada, yada, yada. Everything I'm supposed to say." pic.twitter.com/jdibEYXCbE
— The Hill (@thehill) October 29, 2019
“I, personally, am not afraid of other people’s freedom of expression. I don’t use it as a weapon. It just makes me feel better. And I’m sorry if I hurt anybody,” the comedian added. “Yada, yada, ‘everything I’m supposed to say.”
Self-professed “disaffected Liberal” Tim Poole hailed Chappelle a “hero” on Twitter:
Dave Chappelle is a hero https://t.co/yw5qMq2pXi
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) October 29, 2019
And conservative pundit Wayne Dupree said of the comedian, “Dave Chappelle is not the hero we expected, but he’s the hero we need.”
Pulling a trump card
Dave Chappelle didn’t stop at simply talking about peoples’ freedoms. While on stage, he jokes about the fact that he was smoking indoors. A habit that’s all-but eradicated in the United States today.
“I want everyone in America right now to look at me. Look at me smoking indoors,” he said. “I didn’t ask anybody… What are they gonna do? Kick me out before I get the prize?”
“It’s called leverage,” he punctuated.
We live in an age where cancel culture is ruining peoples’ careers and even their personal lives.
At least we have one of the most beloved and respected comedians speaking out and defending American freedoms and values.
Stay strong, Dave Chappelle!