Dave Chappelle has been an easy target for today’s progressives, consistently making headlines over allegations of transphobia in his stand-up routines. Now, it seems the popular comedian faces new attacks after hosting Saturday Night Live last weekend, with Chappelle being called out for anti-semitism.
Sure, we could elaborate on the intricacies of comedy, the importance of free expression, and even Chappelle’s right to stand on a stage without the possibility of being attacked (yes, this happened). What the “woke” brigade should have really tapped into was the comedian’s painfully dull 15 minutes on the late-night program.
Chappelle stuck to his usual observational style, and of course, first made reference to pop culture’s biggest name right now, Kanye West (Ye).
Purely reciting West’s own blatant antisemitism, Chappelle was met with uncontrollable laughter, before even a whiff of a punchline could be heard.
A buffet of nonsense
Chappelle’s fatigued persona onstage makes it difficult to really pay attention too much. Throughout his monologue, Chappelle tiptoed around a number of topics, from religious stereotypes, back to Kanye West, and the odd diss of a Republican politician.
The comedian’s first applause of the night came from a statement suggesting Hollywood has “a lot of Jews,” later noting it didn’t mean anything. Chappelle’s aimless assertions throughout appeared strangely artificial. Even the studio audience acted seemingly confused as to how to navigate Saturday’s buffet of nonsense.
Call it revolutionary social commentary, but it feels far too forced and awkward. It’s as if the entire routine was made up of semi-viral 2 am Twitter posts.
Remember, just a few years ago, Louis CK faced similar backlash after referencing Auschwitz in a segment suggesting he’d rather live there than anywhere near New York City. Sure, it’s not a statement that will entertain all, but at least CK sunk his feet with an established confidence and quirk.
Nevertheless, Chappelle’s viewer base stretches far beyond the odd critic. With many decades of experience in stand-up, it seems his latest controversy will be nothing more than something to brush over. After all, SNL execs were confident enough to give the script the green light…