Netflix dropped a new Dave Chappelle special in a different and eccentric style on Friday. The platform posted the show, titled “8:46,” on its YouTube page, here viewers could view Chappelle talk about race in the wake of George Floyds death. The title refers to the amount of time for how Floyd was held on the ground by the officer.
About the case
The officer, Derek Chauvin, continuously kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, even when Floyd begged that he couldn’t breathe. Chauvin was later fired and also charged with second-degree murder. Three other officers who were also involved were charged with encouraging and condoning.
Floyd’s death, which was seen on a video, also resulted in nationwide protests for racial justice.
What Chappelle has to say
He directly addressed the tragedy in his special. Which is filmed in Ohio, where he lives. Where he starts the special and states that , “it’s hard to figure out what to say about George Floyd, so I’m not going to say it yet,” Chappelle says to open his set. “I got to tell you, this is like the first concert in North America since all this s*** happened, so like it or not, it’s history. It’s going to be in the books.”
He further continued and said that when he watched the tape. He knew this man was going to die… for some reason that he still didn’t understand, all these f***ing police stood there with their hands in their pockets. Who are you talking to? What are you signifying that you can kneel on a man’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds and feel like you wouldn’t get the wrath of God?”
The comedian also spoke about how he avoided watching the video for long , until when he watched it and it impacted him. He also talks about several other incidents of violence against people of color including the shooting deaths of – Philando Castile and Trayvon Martin.
Caption of the YouTube video
It included a message from Chappelle: “Normally I wouldn’t show you something so unrefined, I hope you understand,” he writes. He also shares a link to the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit organization which is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, challenging racial and economic injustice, and protecting human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.
Candace Owen’s statements
Candace Owen, a 31-year-old reactionary critic, analyst and political activist, who has a long history of making controversial statements about black people in America.
Owens started a GoFundMe for Alabama restaurant owner, Michael Dykes. Whose text messages was spread online and was beneficial for him.
In these texts Dykes states, “Mr Floyd was a thug, didn’t deserve to die but honoring a thug is irresponsible.” As, quickly as Owens’ campaign raised $205,000, GoFundMe shut it down.
Owens in a video: “I don’t care WHAT George Floyd did. The officer should have never treated him like that and killed him! But we still must ask: Is he a hero….The fact that he has been held up as a martyr sickens me.”
Owens also talks about George Floyd’s past criminal records. After which, later, Chappelle ripped into Owens for emphasizing Floyd’s criminal records. He further says-
“Candace Owens, that rotten b—-, she’s the worst,” he said. “I can’t think of a worse way to make money. She’s the most articulate idiot I’ve ever seen in my f—ing life.”
Later, Owens brushed off Chappelle’s attacks in a tweet on Friday. “Dave Chappelle is one of the greatest comedians of all time and I made it into one of his specials,” she said. “That’s POWER!”
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