Netflix’s Dave Chappelle: 8:46 is available on YouTube — click the link.
At the start of Dave Chappelle’s 8:46, he recalls the time when he experienced an earthquake for thirty-five seconds and that he was terrified; Dave then reminds his audience that the police kneeled on George Floyd’s kneck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. It’s clear that this is not a stand-up, it’s a statement, and just like the black community, Dave is mad.
A REMINDER: the man said he could not breathe and called for his mother…
And then Dave Chappelle talks how media outlets were crying out for celebrities to say something and the man speaks the absolute truth — nobody gives a f*ck about the celebrities right now, which is why he’s kept his mouth shut. You can only respect Dave for speaking what everyone is thinking; during times of pain, celebrities are not important, at all.
In the 30-minute special, Dave Chappelle reveals he was also born at 8:46am and then he makes his first play at making the audience laugh, stating that he does not care if George Floyd was a criminal or even kicked Candace Owens in her stinky p*ssy. He lets the audience know that he’s not sure if it does stink but he will let them know if he finds out, like Azealia Banks. If you thought it was time for the man to tone it down, you’ll be disappointed.
Every. Institution. We. Trust. Lies — when Dave Chappelle says this it’s met with nods of approval; bear in mind that this “stand-up” is a social distancing event, but you can feel the emotions from the fleeting, separated voices. Dave talks about Christopher Dorner in 8:46, an African American police officer who served a warrant with a white woman officer. He made a formal complaint about the officer, who was too heavy on the suspect, and Christopher was fired. Dave reveals that Christopher wrote a manifesto and called Dave Chapelle a genius, while also sliding in a joke that Christopher was a Kevin Hart fan too.
Christopher Dorner wages war on the LAPD and their families, killing officers and their relatives in the process. The response: 400 police officers showed up at Christopher’s cabin where he was hiding and destroyed him until he was dead.
Dave asks the suitable question; if the police turned up with 400 officers, how come they do not understand what is going on in the streets? Dave Chappelle’s 8:46 asks the questions, bringing goosebumps as he continues to deploy the correct logic and raise the right awareness.
The Netflix special continues to be powerful as Dave Chapelle lists the other black men who have been killed in similar circumstances, ranging from young teens to full-grown adults. It’s hard to hold back the tears as he lists them all, showing their faces on the screen and ending with George Floyd, a father with his child.
Dave Chapelle clearly has it out for Candace Owen and it’s unsurprisingly really — she’s the most inconceivable African-American in modern times who profits from stoking the alt-right against the black communities. Dave describes her as the most articulate idiot he’s ever listened to in his life; he goes on to explain that Candace brought up George Floyd’s record and she asks why is the black community making this man a hero. Dave Chapelle states that we didn’t want to make him a hero, they did, so that’s why he’s the guy.
Dave Chapelle ends 8:46 with some conclusive points to end his stand-up, but before he does he blurts out, “This is not funny at all” — a double-edged statement that speaks so many volumes despite the crippling irony.
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