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Humor Police Seek Dave Chappelle for the Crime of Mean Comedy

Brett Davis

Posted on August 29, 2019 05:23

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Perpetually offended progressives are mad the raucous humorist had the temerity to ridicule who and what he saw fit without checking with them first.

The woke scolds and social justice warrior buzzkills are at it again, this time targeting comedian Dave Chappelle for his latest Netflix comedy special, “Sticks & Stones.” These self-appointed guardians of other people’s morality are, of course, upset at the funny man for daring to mock contemporary society’s sacred cows.

In this case, that includes claiming he doesn’t believe Michael Jackson is a child molester, making fun of the transgender community and defending fellow comedians Kevin Hart and Louis C.K. from a culture of public shaming. Whether Chappelle actually believes any or all of this – or if it’s just part of his comedy shtick – is anyone’s guess.

Whatever the case, it didn’t take long for the usual suspects to come down from the mountaintop and hip the unwashed masses to their personal wisdom in the form of lecturing the public on why Chappelle is no longer funny.

Leading the charge was Canadian digital media and broadcasting company Vice, which published a piece under the insufferably know-it-all headline, “You Can Definitely Skip Dave Chappelle’s New Netflix Special ‘Sticks & Stones.’” Why decide anything for yourself when the gatekeepers at Vice can do your thinking for you?

Sports and pop culture website The Ringer ran a piece contrasting Chappelle with comedian Aziz Ansari, referring to the latter as “circumspect and performatively torn” in his most recent comedy routines, while calling the former “openly combative.” The author seems frighteningly unaware that the very thing Chappelle is targeting is Ansari being required to essentially beg for forgiveness after being unfairly publicly smeared in order to resume his career.

Not surprisingly, the two alleged victims of sexual abuse by Michael Jackson as depicted in the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland” singled out Chappelle and Netflix for harsh criticism.

It’s understandable that Chappelle’s brand of comedy is not to everyone’s taste. What’s less understandable is the outrage mob’s unquenchable desire to tell other people what to do from atop their metaphorical high horse. Then again, with their collective head in the clouds and their composite nose firmly turned up, these folks can’t see that comedy is sometimes meant to do more than strike the funny bone.

Humor can also offend delicate sensibilities, skewer cherished pet nostrums and shatter societal taboos. This is nothing new and goes at least as far back as Lenny Bruce, who helped pave the way for future outspoken counterculture-era comedians.

In this age of delicate snowflakes who mistakenly believe they have a right not to be offended, we should all be thankful for Chappelle and people like him who give the middle finger – sometimes literally – to the totalitarian mentality of the left that seeks to dictate what people aren’t allowed to joke about. Sticks and stones, man…

Brett Davis

Posted on August 29, 2019 05:23

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