Dave Chappelle’s latest Netflix special “Sticks and Stones” might be one of the controversial and divisive standup routines ever made. The “Chappelle’s Show” comedian made it a point to put every single demographic on blast and it was almost like he was saying nobody is safe for this special.
Many conservatives already hate Chappelle because he denounced President Trump after declaring quasi-support for him in the “Saturday Night Live” episode that followed directly after the November 2016 General Election.
But Breitbart shockingly praised Dave Chappelle’s “Sticks and Stones” and author John Nolte made some good points.
You could tell right from the beginning that Dave Chappelle was going to pull out all the stops for his latest standup special. Even his outfit had symbolism to it as if he was a serial killer that was ready for bloodshed; knowing this would turn a lot of people off. He wore a one-piece jumpsuit. What did Jason Voorhees wear in the “Friday the 13th” franchise? What was Michael Myers outfit?
It’s hard to think that wasn’t the direct symbolism he was going for unless maybe he was saying that he’s ready to go to celebrity jail.
Chappelle’s main overall theme was to shut down the “cancel culture” that’s rampant in today’s society. One of the main people he used as an example for this is his friend Kevin Hart who was “cancelled” because he made a homophobic joke ten years ago that was only dug up because Hart landed the gig to host the 2019 Academy Awards.
The outrage over a joke that was ten years old ran rampant through social media and ultimately forced him to give it up.
One of the more controversial bits in “Sticks and Stones” is when Chappelle said he didn’t believe Michael Jackson’s latest accusers. His reasoning was flimsy at best and to be fair to Jackson’s accusers, it’s hard not to believe them.
John Nolte of Breitbart blushed about Chappelle’s new standup writing, “Dave Chappelle wants to talk about what he wants to talk about, which is a God-given right that had been slowly melting away, starting in the late-eighties with the puritan jihads against Sam Kinison and Andrew Dice Clay. But as of late, in this new blacklisting era of ours, that right is almost entirely gone, and Chappelle is done sitting in the back of the satire bus.”
He’s right. We’re all a little sick of the politically correct culture in America today because those people are addicted to being offended. Chappelle is putting those people on blast the most and even made fun of them with one of his “impressions.”
“The next one’s a little harder,” he admits, before presenting the audience with a challenge: “I want to see if you can guess who it is I’m doing an impression of. Uh, duh. Hey! Durr! If you do anything wrong in your life—duh!—and I find out about it, I’m gonna try to take everything away from you! And I don’t care what I find out! Could be today, tomorrow, 15, 20 years from now. If I find out, you’re f–king—duh!—finished.”
The audience was definitely confused about who Chappelle is imitating, as he reveals the answer almost immediately: “That’s YOU!”
Chappelle laments how obnoxious that culture is and then also admits that it’s why he doesn’t do a lot of comedy anymore.
Nolte says in his review, “What makes Chappelle especially effective, though, is that he doesn’t respond with anger or even a hint of hate or bitterness His weapons are wit, humor, logic, human nature, a fierce intelligence, and best of all, REASON.
This special is actually so polarizing that Chappelle’s making non-fans into fans and his old fans into non-fans. Maybe that was his intention.