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Post by jessicarose19 Fri Jun 12, 2020 11:32 am

The surprise show, filmed in front of a mask-wearing audience on June 6, touches on police brutality and racism in America and excoriates right-wing pundits Candace Owens and Laura Ingraham. Dave Chappelle addressed the death of George Floyd and the ongoing nationwide protests against police brutality in his surprise new special 8:46 dropped on Netflix's comedy YouTube channel early Friday morning.

The special, titled after the length of time Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin had his knee on Floyd's neck, starts with Chappelle praising the people out in the streets protesting against police brutality and systemic racism.

The raw and powerful special was filmed in Beavercreek, Ohio in front of an socially distanced audience wearing masks on June 6. Chappelle noted that 8:46 will be among the first comedy specials to come out after the COVID-19 lockdowns were eased which meant that "like it or not, it's going to be history. Chappelle started by calling out CNN's Don Lemon for his comments on celebrities and Hollywood staying silent about police brutality, suggesting that his life work was evidence enough of how he supported these protests and he wouldn't try to lead them just because he's a celebrity. Riffing on his famous joke about MTV asking for Ja Rule's thoughts in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on 9/11, Chappelle said "do we want to see a celebrity right now? Do we give a f—— what Ja Rule thinks?"

"This is the streets talking for themselves, they don't need me right now. I kept my mouth shut. And I'lll keep my mouth shut. Don't think my silence is complicit," Chappelle said, adding, "Why would anyone care what their favorite comedian thinks after they saw a police officer kneel on a man's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds? I can't get that number out of my head."

Discussing how right-wing media attempted to paint Floyd as a flawed person and criminal, Chappelle excoriated conservative pundits Candace Owens and Laura Ingraham. He described Owens as a grifter and "the worst" and an "articulate idiot." In discussing Ingraham, he brings up her "shut up and dribble" controversy with LeBron James. In his inimitable storytelling style, Chappelle also linked together a bewildering number of incidents in less than half hour, touching on the death of Trayvon Martin and the police killings of Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and John Crawford, the last of which was particularly poignant for Chappelle as it happened in his hometown of Beaver Creek.

In the video description section on YouTube, Chappelle left a simple message explaining the raw nature of the special, "From Dave: Normally I wouldn't show you something so unrefined, I hope you understand." There was also a link to find out more about the Equal Justice Initiative.

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