Comedian Dave Chappelle spoke out in favor of the First and Second Amendments and mocked political correctness while accepting the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday in Washington, DC.
The fiery comedian said that he is “not afraid of other people’s freedom of expression” and mockingly said that he’s “sorry if I hurt anybody, etc, etc, yada, yada, yada,” before blowing a raspberry.
“I, personally, am not afraid of other people’s freedom of expression. I don’t use it as a weapon. It just makes me feel better. And I’m sorry if I hurt anybody,” the comedian said on the red carpet. “Yada, yada, ‘everything I’m supposed to say.”
Dave Chappelle: "Political correctness has its place… I, personally, am not afraid of other people's freedom of expression. I don't use it as a weapon. It just makes me feel better. And I'm sorry if I hurt anybody. Etc., etc. Yada, yada, yada. Everything I'm supposed to say." pic.twitter.com/jdibEYXCbE
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“(I) don’t get mad at ’em, don’t hate on ’em,” he said of racist comedians. “Man, it’s not that serious. The First Amendment is first for a reason. Second Amendment is just in case the First one doesn’t work out.”
Chappelle has been taking on cancel culture for a long time, but especially since his Netflix standup special, “Sticks & Stones” received backlash for refusing to cower before the outrage mob.
The comedian also stood up for his right to smoke cigarettes where ever he wants, lighting one up inside the award ceremony.
“I want everyone in America right now to look at me. Look at me smoking indoors,” he said. “I didn’t ask anybody… What are they gonna do? Kick me out before I get the prize?”