Ppretty amazing day, ”said Dave Chappelle at the top of his Saturday Night Live monologue this week.
The comedian began by talking about his great-grandfather, who was born a slave in South Carolina. He told the moving story of how he learned to read after being released and became an AME church leader, but then things changed.
“I’ve been thinking about him all day today because I wish I could see him now. And I wish he could see me. Because I wonder what he would say. This week, I flew to New York on a private jet. Netflix has started running a show named after him, Chappelle show. HBO Max is broadcasting it. And I wasn’t paid for anything. “
Then came the tagline, “Yeah, if he could see me now, he’d probably be like, ‘This thing was bought and sold more than me.'”
The misdirection and subversion that defined Chappelle’s comedy was present throughout his longer-than-usual monologue. In response to a friend in London who texted him saying “the world feels like a safer place now that America has a new president” he replied, “That’s great, but not the America.”
“Do you remember what life was like before COVID?” he asked the audience. “One mass shot every week. Does anyone remember that? Thank you my God for COVID. Someone must have locked up these murderous whites, kept them in the house. And to the “poor whites” who don’t like to wear masks, he added, “What’s the problem? You wear masks at the Klan rally, wear them at Walmart too! “
“Don’t you even want to wear your mask because it’s overwhelming?” Try to wear the mask that I have been wearing for all these years! Said Chappelle. “I can’t even say something true unless there’s a punch line behind. You’re not ready. You’re not ready for this. You don’t know. how to survive yourselves. Actually, we’re the only ones who know how to survive. White people are coming, hurry up, quick, come take your n * gga lessons. “
Four years ago this week, Dave Chappelle, host SNL for the very first time, shared this message with the world about Donald Trump’s shocking election victory: “I wish Donald Trump the best of luck. And I’ll give it a chance. And we, historically deprived of their rights, ask that he give us one too.
The show appeared to be tempting fate by inviting the comedian to host the first episode again after the 2020 election. The fact that the race wasn’t officially called for Joe Biden until Saturday morning made the moment even more meaningful.
“Now Trump is gone,” Chappelle said this week. “Now I know a lot of people don’t like him, but I thought the guy was at least an optimist. I am not as optimistic as he is. I’m looking at this, there are bad people on both sides. When that line got nothing from the crowd, he shook his head and added, “Okay, I just wanted to try it.”
“He called the coronavirus the kung flu!” He continued. “I said, you racist, hilarious son of a bitch! I’m supposed to say that, not you! It’s wrong when you say it. Chappelle went on to poke fun at Trump’s attempts to “guess” a cure for COVID-19. “Oh boy, the Secret Service is going to have to protect the White House for the kids now, he’s going to try drinking bleach!” ‘Sir. President, don’t touch this stove, it’s hot.
When he then made a joke about women earning less than men, the crowd moaned in response. “Did I trigger you? He asked. “I’m sorry Lorne, I thought we had a comedy show. It’s like a wake-up call here.
“And you know what Trump did after all this?” I went out and caught the coronavirus. Wasn’t that something? Chappelle asked. “You know, when he caught coronavirus, they told the news everything. Do you know what they didn’t say? How hilarious it was. Trump contracted coronavirus, it was like when Freddie Mercury contracted AIDS. Nobody thought, well, how did he get it?
After highlighting how the President got the best treatment available for his coronavirus while letting an ally like Herman Cain die after attending one of his rallies. “Think about it! For four years he’s your boss, ”he said. “What kind of man does that?” What kind of man makes sure he’s okay while his friends fight for their lives and die? A white man. And I don’t want to put this on white people, but I’ve been black for a long time and noticed a pattern.
“Trump contracted coronavirus, it was like when Freddie Mercury contracted AIDS. No one was saying, well, how did he get it?“
As his now infamous 2016 line about giving Trump a chance – inadvertently picked up in Biden’s victory speech earlier Saturday night – revealed, Chappelle’s politics have never been easy to characterize. . His public criticism of Hillary Clinton in the closing days of that election was serious enough that he was to have made it clear later that he was “not a Trump supporter.” His willingness to give Trump a ‘chance’ followed him for months, at least until he told Stephen Colbert in 2017: ‘It’s not like I wanted to give him a chance tonight. -the.”
Most recently, during an episode of David Letterman’s Netflix show My next guest doesn’t need to be introduced, Chappelle responded to a question about Trump’s Muslim ban by proposing what could easily be seen as a position on both sides on the two presidential candidates.
“You don’t necessarily expect that empathy, compassion, or cultural cunning from a guy like that,” Chappelle, who converted to Islam in the early ’90s, told Letterman. “What saddens you is that the chair doesn’t contain more humanity. But has this chair ever been so human? When Biden called Trump the first racist president of all time, that is clearly not true. So how do I feel when I hear a white person say stupid bullshit?
While Letterman laughed, Chappelle answered his own question with a comical shrug.
“I would implore anyone who celebrates to remember, it’s good to be a humble winner,” Chappelle said on Saturday. “Do you remember when I was here four years ago?” Remember how bad it was Remember that right now half the country still thinks so. Remember this.
“Remember that for the first time in the history of America, the life expectancy of whites decreases because of heroin, because of suicide,” he continued. “All these white people who feel this angst, this pain, this man, they think nobody cares. Maybe not. Let me tell you something: I know what it feels like. I promise you, I know what it feels like. If you are a police officer and every time you put on your uniform you feel like you have a target on your back you are appalled at the ingratitude of people when you would risk your life to save them me I know what it makes.
“But here’s the difference between me and you,” Chappelle said. “You hate yourself for that. And I don’t hate anyone. I just hate that feeling. This is what I struggle. This is what I suggest you fight. You have to find a way to live your life. You have to find a way to forgive yourself. You have to find a way to find joy in your life despite this feeling. And if you can’t do that … come take these n * gga lessons. “
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