Dave Chappelle was the voice of America after the 2016 election when he hosted Saturday Night Live, and he’s returned to our screens in the midst of the Black Lives Matter revolution to lament the ways racism has embedded itself into our society, but also share his trust in the activists taking to the streets to make a permanent change — with a side of absolutely eviscerating conservative commentator Candace Owens.
Dave Chappelle broke his silence on George Floyd’s death and addressed racial discrimination in a surprise Netflix special titled “8:46” last week.
Floyd was a 46-year-old black man who died on May 25 after a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds.
“8:46” was filmed just one week ago, with the world still in the throes of the coronavirus pandemic, but a crowd of masked fans still gathered (from a distance) to hear the comic speak out on the inconceivable and inexcusable amount of time Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck — eight minutes and 46 seconds — resulting in his death.
It’s also the time of day Chappelle was born: 8:46 a.m.
It’s not a comedy, per se, but honesty. Moments of levity are interjected between powerful emotions, but the comedian says this movement isn’t about him. “Answer me: Do you want to see a celebrity right now?” he asks in the video. “Do we give a fuck what Ja Rule thinks? Does it matter about celebrity? No. This is the streets talking for themselves.”