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Monday, October 25, 2021

Who Is Dave Chappelle?

            I chose comic Dave Chappell as my VIP for this week because he is standing up to the cancel culture. Apparently, he is often controversial, but I became aware of him this time. He is under fire this time because he “made a series of jokes that ran afoul of transgender ideology” in his latest special “The Closer” on Netflix. He does not seem to care because “Gender is a fact.”

            According to Douglas Blair, some people want to keep the Chappell controversy alive. However, Blair wonders, “why should we care what any number of leftists on Twitter have to say about Chappelle?” 

Twitter is not indictive of real life. According to a 2020 Pew Research Center report, “just 10% of users produced 92% of all tweets from U.S. adults since last November, and that 69% of these highly prolific users identify as Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents.” That is an obscenely small number of people driving cultural narratives like the Dave Chappelle story. But it also indicates that the narrative itself is being propped up by a group that doesn’t represent the average American, who likely either agrees with Chappelle or couldn’t care less.

June Gallup polling indicates that 30% of Americans identify as socially conservative, while 35% identify as moderate. That’s a far cry from a majority who buy into the radical left’s demands for progressive orthodoxy.

Chappell himself said it best during “The Closer,” “When ‘Sticks & Stones’ came out, a lot of people in the trans community were furious with me and apparently they dragged me on Twitter. I don’t give a ___ cuz Twitter’s not a real place!”

The sooner people stop giving unrepresentative Twitter mobs the time of day, the sooner they lose their monopoly on the narrative.

            Good for Chappell! It is time for everyone to stand up to the cancel culture. Why do we allow them to make the rules? Conservatives and moderates make up 65% of Americans. There is no intelligent reason why the majority should allow the minority such control over us.


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