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Dave Chappelle and The Leftist Grip on Entertainment

Dave Chappelle and The Leftist Grip on Entertainment

Rotten Tomatoes gives Chappelle a zero

This past week, Netflix released Dave Chapelle’s newest stand up special, Sticks and Stones. The special immediately became controversial given Chapelle’s crassness and indifference towards the left’s sacred cows. He mocks the LGBTQ movement, castigates the #MeToo movement, called women b****es, mocked rape victims, used the homophobic slur f****t and dressed Jussie Smollett down.

Granted, this wasn’t some partisan manifesto as he also took shots at pro-life activism and gun-rights. The whole point of the special was just to be provocative and push boundaries for the sake of it. Despite this, Twitter reacted as it usually does with a small group of progressives calling to “Cancel” Dave Chapelle for mocking leftist sacred cows.

The reaction was most obvious at far-left progressive websites. Vice criticized the special as exhausting and worth skipping. Slate went as far as to say that the special was self justifying, defending of a corrupt status quo and homophobic.

The reaction outside of this small quadrant of progressive critics and twitter accounts has been universally positive. In a time when Cancel Culture and progressive myopia reigns supreme, it’s transgressive to tell jokes that wouldn’t have been offensive just a decade ago.

You wouldn’t know just how popular the special was if you checked the Rotten Tomatoes score on the film though. As was pointed out by Tim Pool, the website has curated it’s critics so specifically that the site has awarded it a 0% rating and hasn’t enabled user reviews as of the time of writing.

Tim’s point is salient. There is a tendency among critics to lean extremely hard to the left. A casual glance at the field of film criticism reveals a lot comprised of moderate liberals like Roger Ebert, Richard Roeper and Leonard Maltin to far-leftists like Pauline Kael, Jonathan Rosenbaum or FilmCritHulk. Cahier due Cinema, arguably the most important film magazine in history, was filled with pages of unrepentant Marxist writers.

There are conservative critics like Christian Toto, Kyle Smith, Sonny Bunch, John Nolte, and Armund White but their voices are usually lost in mainstream film discussion.

As conservatives, we’re well aware of the progressive control over culture and just how much power that gives the left. As Andrew Brietbart famously declared, “politics is downstream from culture.” The power to declare a progressive comedian like Dave Chappelle as problematic is an incredible power to wield.

Given this reality, our tendency as conservatives is to disengage and drown ourselves in Turner Classic Movies reruns. It’s easier just to ignore culture than to change it. For those of us who don’t, conservative audiences tend to lean towards pure entertainment over movies critics would prefer. We can’t and shouldn’t abandon film criticism and filmmaking, if for no other reason that it’s still massively popular.

At this point, calls for creating parallel cultural structures to Hollywood and academia are old news on the right. Shy of attempts with Christian focuses film studios like Pureflix, there are few successful major conservative filmmakers or studios in existence. Hollywood as it stands is almost impossible to break into for open conservatives. Even just last week, Will and Grace star Eric McCormick announced he won’t work with Trump supporters.

The fact that Rotten Tomatoes is joining in with the dog piling is unsettling. Certainly there are plenty of critics who appreciated Chapelle’s special. Even Salon reluctantly approved of it. Much like Google and Twitter which have proven themselves to be ideological actors, it seems that film criticism is happy to join the left’s takeover of corporate power.

The moral of the story is that we merely need to take this massive top down system with a grain of salt. At this point Hollywood it too big to fail. It won’t go away anytime soon. We have the money and power to shift the power in entertainment in our favor and yet most of us spend it going to see movies like Lion King while there are conservative voices in Hollywood already that desperately need our support.

We shouldn’t stop engaging with progressive Hollywood (that’s practically impossible). We need to start seeking out talented conservatives and make them bankable. If nothing else, we need to support sensible liberals like Dave Chappelle when they call out the left.


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as of around 930 this morning critic score was 18%+ and (after allowing it) audience review was running around 97% +.

Hate their rules? Make your own, or as Adam Corolla did, build your own platform.

ScottTheEngineer | September 4, 2019 at 3:20 pm

It was good. Not his best but good.
My favorite part is he asked the FCC referee at CC why its ok for him to say the word nigg@r but not ok to say faggot. She replies “Well Dave, your not a homosexual.” He replies with a bit of attitude “I’m not a nigg@r either.”

I am (was?) a huge Chapelle fan, and while I fully support him saying whatever floats his boat, I thought Sticks & Stones was exceptionally weak. His previous work was a lot more daring and funny.

    daniel_ream in reply to MrSatyre. | September 4, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    This. Five minutes of any Bill Burr routine is edgier, funnier and more iconoclastic than this entire show. I half wonder if Netflix isn’t pulling a Ghostbusters on us.

    RandomCrank in reply to MrSatyre. | September 4, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    My same-sex partner and I live beyond the reach of cable or DSL, which puts us on a HughesNet satellite link for the Internet. The prices really escalate if you buy enough bandwidth for streaming, so I haven’t streamed anything. And the Dish TV satellite doesn’t get Netflix, so I’d have to really go out of my way to watch this.

    I am tempted though, because when I did have cable in the city, I liked Chapelle. I grew up on National Lampoon magazine and their one unbelievably funny comedy record, Radio Dinner, so to offend me it would have to be really, really out there. And even then I’d probably laugh.

    So, to speculate: I wonder if the popularity is simply because it’s so incorrect. I happened to be in the audience in Milwaukee in 1971 when George Carlin did his “Seven Dirty Words” sketch that got him arrested after the show and launched his career into orbit.

    Carlin was always more of a nightclub guy. That night he was on a big remote stage in front of 20,000 people. He was bombing. People weren’t paying attention until he did the one vulgar sketch, which at the time was quite daring, in the Lenny Bruce style.

    So: Is Chapelle’s “Sticks and Stones” getting attention and approval among the fans not because it’s really very funny, but because he’s saying things that no one else can get away with? I’m not sure it’s worth going through the rigamarole to buy more bandwidth and get a Netflix account. Reruns of Law & Order and Rawhide pretty much get me through. But I do wonder.

I consider none of this entertainment, and I probably couldn’t bear to watch any of it.

I watched it a day or two ago, and thought it was wonderfully funny. If we can’t laugh at our flaws, what can we laugh at? It was such a breath of fresh air from the regular ‘humor’ of the Left. Orange Man Bad, everybody laugh! White guys suck, everybody laugh!

Roger Ebert was hardly a ‘moderate liberal’.

    Tom Servo in reply to Dagwood. | September 5, 2019 at 9:24 am

    “I’ve never killed a man, but I’ve read many an obituary with a great deal of satisfaction.” – Clarence Darrow

    aka Hoss in reply to Dagwood. | September 5, 2019 at 10:30 am

    I really enjoyed it, and was amazed at how clueless the audience was. Dave is standing there calling them out, and they’re completely clueless that he’s roasting so many of them who are completely in for speech policing and the cancel culture.

It looks like comedy is not dead.

Hah. Once they actually enabled user reviews, the user rating went to 99 percent and has stayed there.

Hodge Twins
Published on Sep 3, 2019

There are two problems.

First you can build your own platform, but if it is the least bit successful, it will be attacked, deplatformed (ISP, servers) and demonitized (credit card processors will refuse).

Second, people like those here prefer to whine about Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube banning ever more people (when they came for X, I didn’t speak up) instead of using the alternative platforms.

One example is Gab (which I’m on) – it is free speech, now decentralized, but because it won’t censor they call it a Nazi White Supremacist platform, though there are many from all sides of the spectrum (at least those who don’t get triggered easily). I’m not on the left’s censored platforms.

Wikipedia is if anything worse, but have you even heard of Infogalactic?

And even if you don’t want to use one of the alternative tech platforms, the fact that you won’t defend them from having their payment processors or servers or infrastructure removed means you don’t care about the censorship – what next, you voted for Trump! No water or electric service for you!

    Milhouse in reply to tz. | September 5, 2019 at 8:44 am

    One example is Gab (which I’m on) – it is free speech, now decentralized, but because it won’t censor they call it a Nazi White Supremacist platform, though there are many from all sides of the spectrum (at least those who don’t get triggered easily).

    I tried Gab. Sure, there are many people there who aren’t nazis, but the nazis are there and prominent. No thank you.

      Tom Servo in reply to Milhouse. | September 5, 2019 at 9:26 am

      I tried Gab. Sure, there are many people there who aren’t nazis, but the nazis are there and prominent. ”

      You meant to say “the federal agents”.

Watched it last night. HILARIOUS!!! He nailed Juicy and just about everybody else while he was at it!

Seriously. Stop quoting Rotten Tomatoes on anything. At this point its like quoting Snopes.

They have proven conclusively that their critics are nothing but shills for progressive sacred cows, and they are willing to openly delete negative fan reviews to defend their chosen ones.

They’re worthless. Stop giving them the traffic or discussion.

It was funny, but he has been funnier, but it was a relief to laugh at most everyone…again

For that I thank you Dave!

Love everything Dave’s done. Brilliant and laugh-out-loud funny. Including Sticks & Stones. And you can tell he’s a genuinely friendly, likable guy.

More diversity and less nepotism in entertainment and other key industries would help reverse our cultural decline.

Dave Chapelle is hilarious and exquisitely politically incorrect in his Netflix special.

To be honest, didn’t think his special was particularly funny until he got to Jussie Smollett. Then it was funny.

….” getting attention and approval among the fans not because it’s really very funny, but because he’s saying things that no one else can get away with?”..

No, he’s saying things because they are true. They are true and funny. Just as Richard Pryor was first funny, then true and funny. Imperfect, human nature funny. Funny in the depth and breadth of the hypocrisy of being born to die. The truisms of value and action people bring to this venture of comedy. It’s an individual venture in a group setting. It’s not all about me, not all about you, but the things we all can share and for no other reason see our own hypocrisy and laugh. Get over your/our selves. We’re all headed in the same direction, might as well smile and do the best you can with what you have to share. It’s the human thing to do.

Richard Pryor. I remember being the only person in the theater for a viewing of Richard Pryor Live. You don’t suppose that Biden has Richard’s monkey on his shoulder.

franciscodanconia | September 5, 2019 at 1:27 pm

I laughed my arse off, it’s a great special.

I tried Gab
As an American of the Jewish persuasion, I was horrified at the anti Jewish vitriol in every comment section.
It looks like some moderation is indeed neccessary