Dave and many other comedians seem to be getting themselves in hot water with certain circles of the media, or maybe the vocal minority. Dave’s latest special seems like a like a fuck you to all of that.
I haven’t been a huge fan of standup throughout the years but I’ve been watching more of the greats and interviews with them. Most comedians seem to take the stance that there is no subject matter that is off limits, and I wholeheartedly agree with them.
Because really, how would you go about defining those rules? What subject matter is OK but others are off-side? A very slippery slope to censorship and something that has been fought for for many years.
I have never thought comedians have an important job, thinking they are just entertainers, which for the most part they are. However, in this time, they have become one of the last defenders of freedom of speech.
Completing chappelle’s title, ‘names will never hurt me’ which we all know is not true. Words hurt and linger more than most physical injuries (aside from grave injuries). Bullying can be devastating to people subjected to it when they are most vulnerable.
I’m glad we are recognizing the fallacy in the old adage ‘names will never hurt me’ and seeing what it has done to people. But to say a subject matter is taboo, and to what end?
If a subject matter of a comedian bothers you, don’t watch it, but don’t try and prevent others from watching. This moral conformity or else vibe has gone way too far.