Dave Chappelle wins Mark Twain award for lifetime comedic achievementPosted by Jimmy Cooper / October 30, 2019
Chappelle walked on stage to accept his award with a lit cigarette. “I want every in America to look at me smoking indoors,” He said. “I didn’t ask anybody. What are they going to do? Kick me out? This is called leverage!”
And with that, Dave Chappelle ascended to the heights of comedy. Rapper Common said of Chappelle, “He’s always been a leader in thought and culture. He says provocative things and I respect that. He brings uncomfortable things up and now we have to discuss it. I think he’s one of the greatest, not just entertainers, but the greatest minds we have in this day and age.”
But not everyone agrees. TV critics hated Chappelle’s latest Netflix special, “Sticks and Stones.” According to Rotten Tomatoes, only 23% of critics like the special while a whopping 99% of audiences like it.
The Atlantic says that “Sticks and Stones registers as a temper tantrum, the product of a man who wants it all—money, fame, influence—without much having to answer to anyone.”
Slate compares watching the special to “dropping in on a rascally uncle who doesn’t know, or doesn’t care, how much he’s disappointing you” by being so behind the times.
Salon goes even further by belittling anyone who likes the show as simpletons or, dare we say, a basket of deplorables: “On the whole, “Sticks & Stones” exists as a defiant design to intentionally offend large swaths of the audience Chappelle deems too thin-skinned and easily outraged, too quick to find offense, while serving up simple, low-bar yucks to anyone yearning for validation of their anti-P.C. stance.”
LGBTQ comedians also weighed in and invoked the specter of the alt-right, with one saying, “when the alt-right thinks you’re doing something right, you’re probably wrong.”