Dave Chappelle is mostly a black minstrel show, but he has potential

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Last month I’d never heard of Dave Chappelle. Now I hear only of him. So, I watched his Netflix show, “The Closer.”

What I saw was a clever, crude and funny entertainer. But George Carlin, he’s not. He’s not even Steve Martin or Jerry Seinfeld. He might not even be Don Rickles.

Like most standup comedians, Chappelle is at his best when he lampoons the accepted wisdom – when he illustrates with a humorous reductio ad absurdum that such wisdom can only be laughable foolishness.

He does this particularly well in the topic that has gotten him into lucrative hot water – transsexuals. He wittily observes that you don’t get to choose your sex. Your sex is chosen by the luck or unluck of the draw and is irrevocably reflected in your genes.

If you want to “identify” as the opposite sex, you’re free to do so, says Chappelle, and he’ll play along, but that doesn’t mean you actually are. It just means he won’t call the cops if he finds you in the wrong bathroom so long as you don’t, well, you know.

Chappelle’s unspoken but implied reductio ad absurdum is, if you can become the sex you say you are merely by saying so, then couldn’t you also be the species or inanimate object you say you are? What would prevent you from identifying as, and therefore being, a cocker spaniel? Or a lampshade?

Chappelle has been threatened with cancelation by the wokesters, which suggests that he’s effectively pierced their artifice. The reason the wokesters object so strongly to Chappelle is that he’s so persuasive. Humor does have a way of persuading. I laughed at his trans routine, and I agreed with it.

But most of the rest of Chappelle’s act is not actually funny. Although I found myself laughing, it wasn’t because it was funny. It was because it made me uncomfortable.

That’s because most of the rest of his show is crude, shock-jock, so-called humor. It rests on lines like “n*gga-n*gga” and “b*tch *ss” and “black mother f*cker.” His basic schtick is to make a mockery of his race.

Jerry Seinfeld occasionally mentions that he’s Jewish when it’s relevant to his gag, but there’s no “Hebe” or “Kike” or “Jew Boy” jokes. Steve Martin doesn’t call himself a WASP. Those professionals are better than that. They create material that makes you laugh because it’s funny, not just because it makes you uncomfortable.

Chappelle’s vulgar words aren’t funny. We laugh at them only because they embarrass us. Laughter is a mechanism to protect ourselves from discomfort. People of all colors laughed at black minstrel shows. Sometimes such shows were funny, at least to the audiences of the time, but more often they were just uncomfortable.

Chappelle’s vulgarity is different in a fundamental way from George Carlin’s “Seven Dirty Words” schtick where he pretended to puzzle over the words the FCC had banned from television. Carlin was mocking the arbitrariness of authority, and there was a serious underlying intellectual issue at hand — how much power should the state have over what we say?

In contrast, Chappelle is just mocking his race. Chappelle does no favors for his race with his minstrel show, just as vulgar black rappers do no favors for their race. What they do is attention-getting, click-generating and money-making, but it’s not helpful or even funny. It’s a cheap sellout. It’s comedy porn. Not because it’s filthy, though it is, but because it’s cheap and superficial.

I don’t think Chappelle should be censored, for the same reason I think Carlin should not have been censored. That’s not the proper role of the state or, in today’s world, the authoritarian wokesters.

I simply wish Chappelle would find his humor more in speaking truth to power, as he does with the trans routine, and not in vulgarizing black America.

That said, I’ll watch Chappelle again. He’s got real potential. I hope he realizes it.

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You heard it here first: “Truth, Justice and Better Living through Chemistry

The words “motherhood” and “mother” are now cancelled. The proper woke term is now “birthing person.” That’s because “mother” means a woman who has birthed a child, and allegedly we now also have men who birth a child.

Never mind that these “men” have no Y chromosome and were born female with female genitalia and female chromosomes. They are now “men” because, well, because they say so. According to their science – which you’d damn well better follow — whatever they say they are, they are. To contend that science says anything different is hateful and unscientific because it hurts their feelings.

Then there’s the flag of the United States of America. This piece of cloth symbolizing a republic, to which we used to pledge our allegiance and for which soldiers died, has been canceled too. Because it’s a symbol of racism.

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Am I a better artist than Hunter Biden? You be the judge

Joe Biden’s enterprising son, Hunter, has a creative side. He’s an artist. Not just any artist and certainly not a starving one. He is . . .

America’s.

Greatest.

Living.

Artist.

It’s not unusual for people in the public eye to have an artsy side. Winston Churchill comes to mind. Angelina Jolie recently parted with this original Churchill for about $11 million which is probably more than she got when she parted with her last husband.

But, of course, the last husband probably wasn’t as original as Churchill. And besides, Churchill won WWII, while I’m guessing Jolie’s last husband lost WWIII.

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The left are bullies and proud of it – but bullies don’t win elections

A majority of Americans now think that Joe Biden is not up to the job of being president and that his administration is incompetent. But that’s not the worst of it. The worst of it for the Democrats is that they’re now accurately perceived as bullies.

The latest from the Department of (Social) Justice is that they are unleashing the FBI on parents who object to school boards teaching false, woke and politically correct tripe that America was founded on slavery. For opposing this anti-American propaganda that school boards force-feed to our children, the parents are labeled domestic terrorists.

The bland, neutered, omnipotent, unaccountable, establishmentarian, government censors (think of the Ghost Busters’ characterization of the raging pusillanimous bureaucrat, “It’s true, this man has no dick”) undoubtedly imagine that siccing the FBI on defenseless ordinary parents constitutes speaking truth to power, as leftists always do. How courageous of them!

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Aspen’s favorite columnist is a successful conservative blogger after being  fired by the Aspen Times

Long-time readers will recall that your correspondent was a conservative columnist for the uber-liberal Aspen Times for seven years. In that time, I became the most-read columnist in the Aspen area. My columns frequently generated more clicks than front page news.

That was not acceptable to the Aspen Times. After all, I was hired to be a token, not to be a success. On Christmas Eve in 2019, they fired me. By email. As for their reasons, they stated that my “values” were incompatible with theirs. The story was widely published, including on national sites.

Ah, but there’s justice in this world. The Aspen Times conducts a “Best of Aspen” competition each year where readers vote for their favorites in various fields. One is “Best Columnist.” The winner for year 2020 – after I’d been fired in 2019 – was yours truly.

As things turned out, being fired from the Aspen Times was a blessing for me. My blog now reaches a readership that is orders of magnitude greater than the entire Aspen Times circulation. I recently passed the half-million mark.

The left’s monopoly over the media is over forever. Yes, they own Old Media. But they don’t own Substack, WordPress (which hosts my blog) or multiple other outlets. They sure don’t own me.

That pains them. They’re now trying to control these alternate sources of news and opinion. But their task is like whack-a-mole or plugging the holes in a leaky dam. In the days of the internet, censorship is impossible. That drives them stark, raving, foaming and frothing mad.

The Aspen Times’ annual “Best of Aspen” competition has now begun for 2021. You and your friends can vote. In fact, they permit you to vote early and often (though it seems that you can vote only once a day).

I’ve once again been nominated for “Best Columnist.” The link to vote is HERE. Scroll down to the “Best Columnist” category near the end. They’ll ask for an email address, but it’s easy to later opt out of their email list or simply block them.

For a real hoot, I’ve also been nominated for “Mr. Aspen” which is the first of the categories at that link. (Interesting that there’s only a “Mr” and “Ms” category – what about the other 61 genders???) Imagine if the conservative columnist fired by the liberal Aspen Times for bad “values” is voted by its readers not only “Best Columnist” but also “Mr. Aspen.”

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