Magazine October 28, 2019, Issue

Defiant Dave Chappelle

Dave Chappelle in Toronto, Canada, September 9, 2018 (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)
In the face of critics bent on suppression, he tells it as he sees it

When Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special Sticks & Stones came out in August, the overwhelming response from critics was that it was offensive, unacceptable garbage.

Inkoo Kang of Slate declared that Chappelle’s “jokes make you wince.” Garrett Martin, in the online magazine Paste, maintained that the special was “thoughtless” and “terrible” — and that Chappelle was just “acting like an a**hole” and proving that he was “thoroughly out of touch with today.” In The Atlantic, Hannah Giorgis called it a “temper tantrum.” Melanie McFarland’s piece in Salon disparaged it for its “cruelty.”

The “professionals” agreed — the special was trash, worthy of only

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