Comedian Dave Chappelle apologized for hurting people’s feelings with his free expression. Well, he sort of apologized. Actually, he didn’t really seem sorry at all.
While at The Kennedy Center on Sunday night to accept his Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, Chappelle was giving a red carpet interview for reporters. The subject naturally turned to Chappelle’s views of free speech and lack of political correctness, and the comedian made it clear that political correctness has its place, but that we as a society need to find a line for it.
He went on to say that he, personally, isn’t afraid of people freely expressing themselves, and ended by giving the most blatant non-apology I’ve ever heard anyone give.
“Political correctness has its place… I, personally, am not afraid of other people’s freedom of expression. I don’t use it as a weapon. It just makes me feel better. And I’m sorry if I hurt anybody. Etc., etc. Yada, yada, yada. Everything I’m supposed to say,” said Chappelle.
Chapelle actually ended that sentence with a raspberry.
Dave Chappelle: "Political correctness has its place… I, personally, am not afraid of other people's freedom of expression. I don't use it as a weapon. It just makes me feel better. And I'm sorry if I hurt anybody. Etc., etc. Yada, yada, yada. Everything I'm supposed to say." pic.twitter.com/vpEH1pP3pD
— The Hill (@thehill) October 29, 2019
That wasn’t the only moment Chappelle used his microphone time to get a point about free expression across. During his acceptance speech, Chappelle actually reiterated his love of the First Amendment and even promoted the idea of the Second Amendment is there in case the first one doesn’t work out.
Chappelle essentially shrugging his way through an “apology” is likely indicative of just how much he’s been hounded by media and social justice morality police about his recent comedy special “Sticks and Stones” and subsequent comments thereafter. He’s likely very tired of hearing it, and to be honest, I can’t blame him.
The funny thing is, all he’s really doing is promoting the idea that speech is just speech, and it can only harm you as much as you let it. Many social justice warriors are equating speech to violence, and as far as they’re concerned, Chappelle went so far as to do violence upon every person the left holds as holy.
It’s a ludicrous concept, and Chappelle doesn’t seem to be hiding his contempt for it.
And that’s a good thing. More comedians should follow Chappelle’s lead. More accurately, they should follow the lead of George Carlin.
“I think it’s the duty of the comedian to find out where the line is drawn and cross it deliberately,” said the late comedian.
He’s correct. There’s been a certain line that comedians have refused to cross, with only figures like Chappelle and Bill Burr deliberately doing it. I hope we see plenty more crossing it in the near future and their remorse for it falling on the same lines as Chappelle’s.
Etc., etc. Yada, yada, yada.