Dave Chappelle Speaks Out on George Floyd’s Death, Blasts Candace Owens in Searing Netflix Special
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Dave Chappelle is not holding back in a new Netflix special titled "8:46" that debuted the surprise of the streaming platform late Thursday evening on its YouTube comedy channel for free.
In a set full of scorching social commentaries, the comedian addresses everything from George Floyd's death to the inability to accept a Grammy award on the day Kobe Bryant died to the hypocrisy of conservative TV host Laura Ingraham - and even throws a signature bit over yes rule for carelessness.
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"It's hard to figure out what to say about George Floyd, so I'm not going to say it yet," Chappelle opens, flipping through a black notebook and adding later, "I have to tell you, it's like the first concert in North America ever since - whether you like it or not, it's history. It will be in the books. "
The special was filmed on June 6 in Yellow Springs, Ohio, with participants applying coronavirus social distance guidelines, including face masks and temperature tests. The comedy legend hadn't appeared on stage in 87 days until the special, although he has since played similarly intimate gigs in the Dayton area.
Unlike his opening speeches, Chappelle delves deeply into subjects such as police brutality and Floyd's death on the set. The Emmy winner also criticizes political commentator Candace Owens and says, "I saw Candace Owens try to convince white America." Do not worry about it. He's a criminal anyway. "I don't give an f - what that n - did. I don't care what it did. I don't care if he personally kicked Candace Owens' s stinking face. I don't know if it stinks, but I do can imagine it stinks. If I ever find out, I'll let you know for sure. I'll tell it like Azealia Banks. I'll line it up. "
"8:46" refers to the length of time that Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pushed his knee against Floyd's neck, which ultimately resulted in his death. It is also, as Chappelle reveals, the time of day he was born according to his birth certificate.
The 27-minute video included the disclaimer “From Dave: I wouldn't normally show you anything so unrefined, I hope you understand it” with a link to the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit that aims to end mass and racial inequality. Its founder Bryan Stevenson was the main character in the film “Just Mercy” from 2019 with Michael B. Jordan and Brie Larson.
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