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Dave Chappelle Hits Out at Don Lemon, Candace Owens, and Laura Ingraham in Netflix Special on George Floyd

Dave Chappelle Hits Out at Don Lemon, Candace Owens, and Laura Ingraham in Netflix Special on George Floyd

Dave Chappelle released an unannounced Netflix special in the early hours of Friday that tears into the media and calls on America to listen to the protest movement that has risen up to demand an end to more than a century of oppression.  

The comedian said he couldn’t bring himself to watch the killing of George Floyd for a week, but as soon as he did, he understood why the U.S was witnessing one of the most widespread protest movements in 50 years.  

“This kid thought he was going to die, he knew he was going to die. He called for his mother, he called for his dead mother. I’ve only seen that once before in my life: My father on his deathbed called for his grandmother,” Chappelle said.

“When I watched that tape I understood this man knew he was going to die. People watched it, people filmed it and for some reason that I still don’t understand, all these fucking police had their hands in their pockets. Who are you talking to? What are you signifying? That you can kneel on a man’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds and feel like you wouldn’t get the wrath of God? That is what is happening right now. It’s not for a single cop, it’s for all of it, fucking all of it. I don’t mean to get heavy but we gotta say something.”

In a powerful section of the special, which was recorded outdoors near his home in Dayton, Ohio, with a live, socially distanced audience, Chappelle charted a litany of black lives ended by the brutality of police, a subject that he has covered extensively in previous excoriating sets.

The standup comedian, actor, and producer said he was incensed when he saw Don Lemon on CNN calling for well-known figures to speak out about the death of Floyd.

“[Lemon] says, ‘Where are all these celebrities? Why are you not talking?’ This n—– said, ‘Everybody.’ I was screaming at the TV, ‘I dare you to say me, n—–, I dare you!’ Has anyone ever listened to me doing comedy? Have I not ever said anything about these things before? So now all of a sudden this n—– expects me to step in front of the streets and talk over the work these people are doing as a celebrity.

“Answer me: Do you want to see a celebrity right now? Do we give a fuck what Ja Rule thinks? Does it matter about celebrity? No, this is the streets talking for themselves, they don’t need me right now. I kept my mouth shut. And I’ll still keep my mouth shut. But don’t think my silence is complicit… 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?”

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