Jon Stewart Defends Dave Chappelle’s SNL Monologue at The Colbert – Rolling Stone

Jon Stewart defend Dave Chappelle‘s Controversial Saturday Night Live Monologue – Where the comedian was accused of “normalization and promotion” Anti-Semitism By anti-defamation league – while appearing on Late Show.

Stewart has been friends with Chappelle for over two decades, dating back at least to when they appeared together in the 1998 comedy half baked. The two have also performed in shows together in the past few years.

“Everyone calls me like,” you see, Dave SNL? And I say yeah, we’re very good friends. “I always watch and send nice messages,” Stewart told host Stephen Colbert. “He normalized anti-Semitism with the monologue.” And I’m like, I don’t know if I’m in the comment sections of most news articles, but it’s pretty normal. Anti-Semitism is incredibly normal. But one thing I will say is that I do not believe that censorship and sanctions are the way to end anti-Semitism or lack of understanding. I do not believe in that. It’s the wrong way for us to handle it.”

After the 15-minute monologue, ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt chirp Of Chappelle’s routine, “We shouldn’t expect DaveChappelle to serve as a moral compass for society, but it’s disturbing to see @nbcsnl not just normalizing but spreading #anti-Semitism. Why are Jewish sensitivities denied or diminished at almost every turn? Why does our applause shock us?”

However, Stewart defended both what Chappelle said, as well as his right to say it, and stressed the importance of having these conversations in public.

Dave said something SNL The monologue I thought was constructive, where he says, “It shouldn’t be that hard to talk about things.” I am an anti-Semite because I am against Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. “I called things out from other people based on other opinions I had, but that closed the discussion,” Stewart said.

“Whether it’s comedy or debate or something else, if we don’t have enough to meet each other with what reality is, how do we move forward? If we all shut it down, we’ll get sucked into our little corners and misinformation spreads. The whole point of it all is Not letting it spread out and taking it up in the air and talking about it.”

Then the conversation turned to Kyrie Irving and Kanye West, two other high-profile people in hot water over anti-Semitism. “The Kanye thing, he can be erratic, and he says things, that just didn’t surprise me. The Kyrie thing that surprised me, you wouldn’t expect to get from someone named Irving,” Stewart quipped. “I really thought it was one of us.”

Kyrie Irving, They forbade him to play basketball. Stewart added if you want to punish this guy, send him to the Knicks. “Punishing someone for having an idea—I don’t think it’s a way to change their mind or gain understanding. That’s a grown man. The idea you’d say to him is, ‘We’re going to put you on time out.’ You have to sit in the corner and stare at the wall so you don’t think the Jews control the banking system. International “…until we deal with it in a direct way, we will never have any kind of understanding with each other.”


“Comedy is reductive. We play with metaphors, because everyone has prejudices in their lives and in the way they look at things,” Stewart said, turning to the monologue. “And comics relies on those prejudices as shorthand for our material. Even the coolest comics juggle fields to some degree.”

Stewart added, “But the most interesting thing about this, in my opinion, is something Kanye said on his tour that he was on — he was interviewed by five different people because the media model is arson and conflict — he said, ‘hurt people hurt people,'” And if the point of all this is to heal people, the only way to heal a wound is to open it up and purify it, and those stings, and that hurts, but you have to expose it to air. But I’m afraid the general tenor of the conversations prevailing in this country is to ‘cover it up, bury it, put it on the outskirts’ , and not engage with it.” And what I would say is, look at it from a black perspective. It’s a culture that feels its wealth has been taken away by different groups – whites, Jews – whether that’s true or not, that’s the feeling in this society, and if you You don’t understand where it came from, you can’t handle it.”

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