Daily Wire Host Andrew Klavan recently joked that “We are going to be saved by comedians.” That statement might have been a littler hyperbolic, but there is some truth to what he said.
With the massive Leftist foothold in Hollywood, the only entertainers who are speaking out about cancel culture and political correctness are comedians, most notably Dave Chappelle , Ricky Gervais, and Bill Burr. Both Burr and Chappelle have recently put out Netflix comedy specials in which they deride the cancel culture that we are now living in, and Gervais attacked similar subjects while hosting the Golden Globe awards.
Chappelle’s special “Sticks and Stones” generated a lot of hype for its anti-cancel-culture jokes.
Critics didn’t like his routine. They gave his special a 38% rating on the review site Rotten Tomatoes.
However, on the same site, 99% of non-critics gave Chappelle a positive rating.
It was apparent that the critics were not judging his act based on how funny he was but were instead rating him on how “woke” he was.
In arguably the most talked-about bit of the night, Chappelle unloads on cancel culture by doing an impression.
Chappelle: “I want to see if you can guess who it is I’m doing an impression of. ‘Uh, duh. Hey! Durr! If you do anything wrong in your life—duh!—and I find out about it, I’m gonna try to take everything away from you! And I don’t care what I find out! Could be today, tomorrow, 15, 20 years from now. If I find out, you’re f***ing—duh!—finished.”
Chappelle then points at the audience and lets them know who he’s impersonating.
His answer: “That’s you!”
That was a brilliant joke told at the “wokescolds’” expense. And it was awesome.
In the same vein, Bill Burr’s special took shots at the central points of Leftist culture.
Burr, like Chappelle, didn’t hold back with his attacks on political correctness.
He crushed them, and it was glorious!
Kyle Smith at National Review summarized Burr’s special by writing, “Should we #BelieveAllWomen? Bill Burr is skeptical. People will say, ‘You can’t make something like that up,’ he notes. ‘Well, did you see Star Wars? Somebody made that up.’ He adds, ‘If women ran the world there’d be no war. Evidently there’d be no due process either.’ As for ‘male feminists,’ he isn’t sold on them either. ‘What kind of a man who still has his balls is walking around saying that he’s a male feminist? He asks. ‘You can’t do it any more than I can stand here and be like, ‘I’m a Black Panther.’”
That was his act in a nutshell.
Then, last Sunday night, comedian Ricky Gervais ripped into the hypocrites in Hollywood while hosting the Golden Globes.
Gervais won wide acclaim among everyday Americans for his opening monologue, and he earned the scorn of those in the room.
In his monologue he said, “So if you do win an award tonight, don’t use it as a platform to make a political speech, right?” Gervais continued. “You’re in no position to lecture the public about anything. You know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thunberg. So, if you win, come up, accept your little award, thank your agent and your god, and f**k off. No one cares about your views on politics or culture.”
Slow clap for Ricky Gervais.
I don’t mean to slight other comedians. Adam Carolla recently produced a movie with Conservative Talk Show host Denis Prager called “No Safe Spaces.” The movie fights back against the p.c. culture.
The above comedians are mentioned here for the simple fact that they are leading the charge against anti-free speech snowflakes.
Upon winning the Mark Twain Prize, Dave Chappelle remarked that the Founders put the First Amendment first for a reason…and then they put the Second Amendment there in case the first one doesn’t work out.
These comedians are fighting a culture war for the rest of us, whether they realize it or not. Our country will be better for it.