dave chappelle by August Prum May 16, 2017
Back in November, Dave Chappelle hosted ‘SNL’ just days after overly-tanned, extremely intellectually-limited fascist Donald Trump got elected.
It was a unique opportunity for Chappelle, the legendary comedian was just emerging from a pretty protracted period out of the spotlight.
The week of November 8th was a pretty dark time for most Americans. The new President-elect talked shit about Mexicans, called to ban Muslims from our country, openly and casually admitted to sexual assault, and even brought fuckin’ Rudy Giuliani out of his cave to rant about mandatory minimums or whatever.
It was up to Chappelle to calm the masses and he delivered one of the more memorable monologues in recent ‘SNL’ history, perhaps due to the context of the moment.
He came for the white people (conservatives and liberals alike),
“You know, I didn’t know that Donald Trump was going to win the election. I did suspect it. It seemed like Hillary was doing well in the polls and yet — I know the whites. You guys aren’t as full of surprises as you used to be…”
I can’t lie, I was buggin’ the fuck out on November 9th. Chappelle said he hadn’t seen that kind of emotion since that particularly famous trial back in the day,
“The whites were furious. I’ve never seen anything like it. I haven’t seen whites this mad since the O.J. verdict. White people screaming on both sides, ‘Aahhh!'”
Chappelle riffed on the slight schadenfreude of seeing white liberals lose their shit,
“I’m not saying I’m enjoying it — I’m just saying I’ve never seen this before. I watched a white riot in Portland, Ore., on television the other night. News said they did a million dollars’ worth of damage. Every black person was watching that like, ‘amateurs.'”
Chappelle literally predicted an actual news story while reimagining the post-election meeting between Obama and Trump. Chappelle spoke of Trump’s regret,
“Oh, God. Got to tell you, this job looks like it’s going to be a lot harder than I thought.”
Yeah, this trash ass president would actually go on to say that.
But after having some fun with the crazy white people that elected this idiot and needling the liberals having a meltdown over our CRUMBLING DEMOCRACY, Chappelle had some poignant shit to say about Obama’s tenure in the White House and what that meant to Black America.
While talking about a BET sponsored party at the White House a couple weeks prior, Chappelle said he looked around at all the old white dudes with their paintings on the wall. He talked about how Abraham Lincoln had to personally go out and retrieve Frederick Douglass (the first Black man to be invited to the White House) and bring him into the White House because security wouldn’t let him in.
Chappelle expounded on the centuries of oppression that this place represented, but now a black president was having an entirely black event in the White House, “except for Bradley Cooper, for some reason” and Dave talked about what that meant to him and to our country,
“I thought about that, and I looked at that black room, and saw all those black faces, and Bradley [Cooper], and I saw how happy everybody was. These people who had been historically disenfranchised. It made me feel hopeful and it made me feel proud to be an American and it made me very happy about the prospects of our country.”
On that incredibly hopeful note, Chapelle went on to say he’d give ol’ Trumpy a chance.