Dave Chappelle speaks at the press conference for “A Star Is Born” on day 4 of the Toronto International Film Festival at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Have you seen Dave Chappelle’s new Netflix special, Sticks and Stones? In it, the comedian takes a shot at cancel culture amid addressing other contemporary woes.
Back to Dave, as you might imagine, some haven’t appreciated his poking at indignation.
And that makes sense — if you ridicule fragility and outrage, you can expect the fragile to be…well, you know.
South Park co-creator Matt Stone — a guy who knows a thing or two about making people mad — is further explaining the situation via a new interview in The Hollywood Reporter.
Of cancel culture, Matt observes, “It’s new. I don’t want to say it’s the same as it’s always been. The kids are f*****g different than us.”
They sure as heck are. And it sure as heck is.
“There’s a generational thing going on.”
Matt’s pro-Dave, and despite some cries from critics who didn’t find his latest offering sufficiently left-wing, he doesn’t expect the star to be effectively dumped any time soon.
Stone also thinks some of the negative professional reviews were a load of horse pucky:
“I know some people have been canceled for genuinely, like, personal behavior, but Dave is not getting canceled anytime soon. I feel bad for television critics and cultural critics. They may have laughed like hell at that, and then they went home and they kn[e]w what they ha[d] to write to keep their job. So when I read TV reviews or cultural reviews, I think of someone in prison, writing. I think about somebody writing a hostage note. This is not what they think. This is what they have to do to keep their job in a social media world. So I don’t hold it against them.”
If Dave had wanted praise from the prisoners, perhaps he should’ve just spent the entire 65 minutes on the Donald Trump — a subject, by the way, Matt was happy to move on from, after spending a bucket or two on it last season. Starting anew, he found refreshment in looking elsewhere:
“It was nice for us. It was nice to not come in and talk about Donald Trump. And I think it was nice for people to watch and go, ‘Oh, yeah, there is still comedy outside of…Donald Trump. There is still funny [stuff] as the world goes on.’ And you can get your Trump comedy on so many other shows.”
You suuuure can.
But as for his new leaf, the comedy writer can’t promise anything for sure:
“[I]f we came up with something tomorrow, we’d do it. We don’t have any rules.”
It seems Matt has quite the different opinion than media heads and Twitter trolls everywhere — as we’re seeing increasingly as we go, there are absolutely, most definitely rules.
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