Wow. When you get Chappelle with a cigarette on stage you know you’re in for a ride. I’ll be honest with you I didn’t think a 20+ set released on Netflix Is A Joke’s YouTube channel would’ve been this heavy when I clicked on it, but I’m glad I did. This was a whole different side of Chappelle we’ve never seen. That was honestly brilliant though from beginning to end. I thought there was going to be a couple minutes on George Floyd and then he’d get on with the comedy. I’m glad he didn’t though because he brilliantly weaved in powerful thoughts police brutality and the history of injustice, with some comedic relief attached. He really pulled back the curtain to show a whole other side of Chappelle. I love that he mentioned why does he need to speak out because he’s a celebrity. I wrote about it earlier today with the Aaron Paul going full Jesse Pinkman blog. Just because you’re a celebrity doesn’t mean people need to hear your thoughts on the issue. Like he said, the people out there protesting every night were leading the way and doing more than he could by releasing a statement on Instagram.
I never knew about the Eric Dorn story or the manifesto that he wrote that mentioned him in it. The fact he was born at 8:46 at night and that’s how long Derek Chauvin kneeled on George Floyd’s neck is eerie. The John Crawford story about Dave being pulled over by an officer who killed Crawford the very next day. Kobe saving the nation the night of his final game. His great-grandfather being born a slave. Why he felt like he didn’t have to say anything. The funniest thing about this whole thing was that shirt Chappelle was wearing. “I don’t know where you got that shirt, but it was definitely not the men’s department.”
I’m pretty sure he meant to do a set for people who came out, but when he opened with George Floyd he just went. I don’t think anyone’s complaining about that.