David Chappelle is hilarious. I really enjoyed both of his comedy specials because they were so refreshing! I personally believe that America is way too sensitive and just liked Chappelle said “how did we get so sensitive?” The topics he discussed are considered to be very sensitive ones like the rape allegations of Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Louis C.K. He also talks about transgenders and politics which are two more really sensitive topics right now. He brings comedy to these topics and lightens them up which is what America needs. I didn’t find any of his jokes offensive, just honest. He was telling his truth and his point of view on particular topics which is his first amendment right. If you don’t agree with him and find what he says repulsing then don’t watch it. I think people get confused sometimes. Comedians aren’t politicians. They make a living being politically incorrect because it’s funny. They are up on that stage to make jokes, not raise awareness about issues going on the country.
In the article “Kevin Spacey Deserves to be Scorned. But Can I Still Watch House of Cards?” written by Hannah Parkinson dives into a very complex question: Can we still enjoy art, music, movies, tv shows, etc. if the creator or star is morally a bad person. I find myself saying yes. Yes we can still enjoy things even if the creator of that thing is a bad person. I never liked House of Cards, but there are so many people out there in the world that really enjoy the show and I don’t think they should feel guilty for still liking it, or wanting to continue to watch it when it does come back, if it does come back. Chappelle makes a joke saying that if only the allegations about Kevin Spacey had waited another six months then everyone would know how House of Cards ended. I thought this joke was funny because it sucks being so involved with a show and then it just abruptly ending without any closure. Don’t get me wrong, the allegations are awful, but people can’t just turn their emotions and likes and dislikes on and off like a switch.
The one thing I did find to be cringe worthy was him trying to say he knows what these women have been through and what they’re going through because of slavery. There is a lot wrong with this. He’s not a slave and never was a slave. He’s an intelligent, wealthy, funny black man living a free life in America. He knows what slavery was like because of stories that have been told, but we all know these stories. Being a slave was awful! They were beaten, raped, separated from their families, sold off like donkeys, killed, etc. Being a slave is way worse in comparison of being rapped, not saying being raped is not a horrible act, it’s just incomparable to the idea of slavery. He says he understands the fear these women have been through because he’s a black man living in America. I disagree with this completely. It’s unfortunate that there is still racism in this country, but being a woman and having to be on guard all of the time because some men don’t know how to keep it in their pants is very different. I agree with Jamie Loftus when she says that it was a very weak comparison.
The Zinoman article is interesting because he says that Chappelles jokes are risky, but it’s nothing that we haven’t seen before. For example, Zinoman talks about the joke Chappelle made about if Brad Pitt had done the same thing as Weinstein then the girls wouldn’t have had a problem with it, but it’s not that different than what Chris Rock said in one of his shows in the 90’s. He also recognized that not everything Chappelle says is a joke. Sometime he would get serious and say serious statements to get people to think. He warns women that fear is not the answer because once fear is gone then those actions take a turn for the worse. He is stating an opinion. If people decide to listen to it then great and if not then cool. He’s a comedian and says what is on his mind even if people don’t agree with him.