The great one again refuses to back down | National Review

The great one again refuses to back down | National Review

Dave Chappelle presents the ICON award during the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 12, 2017. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

D.C.-raised Dave Chappelle did a surprise set at his alma mater Tuesday night and got an earful of woke from triggered teens. “Your comedy kills,” one told him. “N*****s are killed every day,” he said. “The media’s not here, right?” It was contentious. Another student called Chappelle “a bigot.”

According to a detailed report by Politico, Chappelle performed for a crowd of nearly 600 at the Duke Ellington School for the Arts – which he has generously supported in the past. After the set Chappelle took part in a Q & A with surly pupils. One indignant kid said, “I’m 16, and I think you’re childish.” Chappelle fired back, “My friend, with all due respect, I don’t believe you could make one of the decisions I have to make on a given day.”

Replying to “another antagonistic question,” says Politico, Chappelle said, “I’m better than every instrumentalist, artist, no matter what art you do in this school, right now, I’m better than all of you. I’m sure that will change. I’m sure you’ll be household names soon.”

Students who represent a movement that has been trying to bully Chappelle for weeks complained to Politico, “He could tell we were nervous. It was a huge power imbalance of this grown man and his camera crew — and these 14- to 18 year-olds without their phones, just high school kids.”

As is his habit, Chappelle made the students lock up their cell phones during the show. I find it extremely revealing that kids complain that they’re powerless without the bully-multiplication effect of cell phones.



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