In a scorching monologue on George Floyd's death, Dave Chappelle ripped into Don Lemon, Candace Owens, and Laura Ingraham
Dave Chappelle released a new Netflix comedy special late Thursday.
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Comedian Dave Chappelle gave a scorching monologue about George Floyd's death in a new Netflix special that was released late Thursday.
Chappelle met CNN's Don Lemon, conservative commentator Candace Owens and Laura Ingraham of Fox News.
The new Chappelle special is called "8:46" and refers to the time that a Minneapolis policeman knelt on Floyd's neck and ultimately killed him.
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In a surprising Netflix comedy special released late Thursday, Dave Chappelle made a passionate, passionate monologue about George Floyd's brutal death by Minneapolis police officers.
The special is called "8:46", a reference to the eight minutes and 46 seconds that a policeman knelt on Floyd's neck during a May 25 arrest, killing him and sparking a wave of protests in the United States.
When he praised the young people flooding the streets of America to protest Floyd's death and condemn racism and police brutality, Chappelle condemned CNN's Don Lemon, conservative commentator Candace Owens, and Laura Ingraham of Fox News.
Chappelle, perhaps the most famous comedian of the era, began the special discussion of his experiences during an Los Angeles earthquake in the early 1990s and compared the length of the "absolutely terrible" quake to the time the officer knelt on Floyd's neck.
"This earthquake could not have lasted more than 35 seconds. This man knelt on a man's neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds! Can you imagine that?" Chappelle said. "This boy 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 have only seen this once in my life: my father on his deathbed, called for his grandmother . "
Chappelle said that when he watched the disturbing footage of Floyd's arrest, he had difficulty understanding how the other policemen stood there with their hands in their pockets.
"What do you mean that you can kneel on a man's neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds and feel like you won't get the wrath of God?" Chappelle said. "That's exactly what is happening right now. It's not for a single policeman - it's for everything."
Moments later, Chappelle followed Lemon for asking celebrities like him to comment on Floyd's death.
"Answer me: do you want to see a celebrity now?" Chappelle said. "Let's type f --- what Ja Rule thinks? Is it important for celebrities? No. These are the streets that speak for themselves. You don't need me now. I kept my mouth shut. And I'll still keep mine Mouth. But don't think my silence is complicit. "
He added, "Why should anyone care what his favorite comedian thinks after seeing a policeman kneel on a man's neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds?"
Lemon replied to CNN on Friday morning saying that he agreed with Chappelle and that Chappelle was his favorite comedian.
"I think the young people out there on the street don't care what we have to say," said Lemon, adding, "his special is called '8:46'. He's talking about this problem. And I think it's great that he's using his platform to talk about how he can. "
Chappelle later came across Owens for emphasizing Floyd's criminal record and saying he was not a hero.
"Candace Owens, this lazy B ---- she's the worst," he said. "I can't think of a worse way to make money. She's the most articulate idiot I've ever seen in my life."
Owens wiped out Chappelle's attacks in a tweet on Friday. "Dave Chappelle is one of the greatest comedians of all time and I made it one of his specials," she said. "This is POWER!"
At another point, Chappelle Ingraham struck for criticizing basketball star LeBron James. In 2018, after James criticized President Donald Trump, Ingraham said James should "shut up and dribble."
"My friend is the best at something," Chappelle said of James. "And this b ---- is not the best at all, just a normal a-- white b ---- with a platform."
While much of the special focused on Floyd, Chappelle also referred to other cases of racist violence and police brutality, including the deaths of Eric Garner and Trayvon Martin.
The surprise special was filmed last Saturday in Yellow Springs, Ohio, with restrictions related to corona viruses such as social distancing. The audience could wear masks.
Check out the full Chappelle special below:
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