Dave Chappelle Breaks His Silence On George Floyd In Powerful New Special, '8:46'

Written by on June 12, 2020

Comedy icon Dave Chappelle dropped a shock particular known as “8:46” on YouTube late Thursday, the place he addressed the police killing of George Floyd and the weeks of protests because the homicide.

“This isn’t humorous in any respect,” Chappelle warned late within the 27-minute particular, which ― given the character of present occasions ― was gentle on jokes. 

Chappelle mentioned his first earthquake expertise in Los Angeles and the way he thought he was going to die, even thought it lasted about 35 seconds. Then, his voice rising with rage, he spoke of the Eight minutes and 46 seconds a police officer in Minneapolis pushed his knee on Floyd’s neck. 

“Once I watched this tape, I understood this man knew he was gonna die,” Chappelle stated:

The particular begins with individuals in masks receiving temperature checks earlier than going into the present, which was taped June 6 at an out of doors venue in Yellow Springs, Ohio, the place he lives. Chappelle has been doing a sequence of invitation-only occasions with a mask-wearing, socially distant viewers.

In the course of the particular, Chappelle took on plenty of media figures, together with Fox Information host Laura Ingraham and CNN’s Don Lemon. Lemon, he famous, had known as out celebrities who had been “surprisingly quiet” concerning the protests, demanding final month that they “do one thing and assist these younger individuals as a substitute of sitting in your mansions and doing nothing.” 

Chappelle spent a lot of the set explaining the latest historical past of police violence towards Black individuals and the historic roots of racial injustice in America ― in addition to his personal private connections to each. Then he supplied a solution for Lemon and others who wish to know why he’s been quiet.

“As a result of David Chappelle understands what the fuck he’s seeing,” Chappelle stated. “And these streets will converse for themselves whether or not I’m alive or lifeless.” 

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