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Dave Chappelle Keeps It Real, Sparking Controversy As He Sums Up 2020 In Stirring SNL Opening Monologue

As only he can Dave Chappelle delivers the raw truth on Trump, COVID-19 and the postelection blues on Saturday Night Live just hours after Joe Biden was projected the 46th President. Dave didn’t hold any punches in his opening monologue, Saturday, November 7th. His commentary on race relations and a health crisis that are plaguing the country, beautifully and incisively expressed, summed up all of 2020 — and yes sometimes it hurt, but the truth often does.

“I would implore everybody who’s celebrating today to remember, it’s good to be a humble winner.

“Remember when I was here four years ago, remember how bad that felt? Remember that half the country right now still feels that way,” Chappelle said, referring to his first hosting gig on SNL in 2016.

Even though the air was filled with excitement following Biden’s victory, Chappelle’s opening monologue still contained stinging comments on race and the health crisis that’s plaguing the country. 

The three-time Grammy winner who has never been scared to push the envelope, made fun of how mass shooting in America has subsided due to the pandemic. 

“You guys remember what life was like before COVID?” said Chappelle. “I do. A mass shooting every week. Does anyone remember that? Thank God for COVID. Someone had to lock these murderous whites up, keep them in the house.”

Humorously, he also rebuked the white people who refused to wear masks during the pandemic. There so many documented cases of white Americans who refused to wear face coverings or protective masks inside airplanes and stores.

“I don’t know why poor white people don’t like wearing masks. What is the problem,” Chappelle said. “You wear masks to the Klan rally, wear it to Walmart too!”

Chappelle went on to comment on how African-Americans who’ve dealt with cruel acts for centuries in America are capable of dealing with today’s turmoil. On the contrary, the Whites are acting as if they’re in unfamiliar territory. 

“You don’t even want to wear your mask because it’s oppressive? Try wearing the mask I’ve been wearing all these years!” he said. “I can’t even tell something true unless it has a punchline behind it. You guys aren’t ready.”

BW applauds Dave Chappelle for never being afraid to say it and make millions face the ugly truths in the country make claim doesn’t exist. See Chappelle’s entire opening monologue of Saturday Night Live, Saturday, November 7th in the video below.


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1 Comment on Dave Chappelle Keeps It Real, Sparking Controversy As He Sums Up 2020 In Stirring SNL Opening Monologue

  1. Carlton Beckford Dozier // November 12, 2020 at 1:24 AM //

    Dave Chappelle didn’t hold back in SNL opening monologue. He said what many have felt about in 2020, enough is enough of the racism and foolishness coming from a certain demographic of people. Chappelle didn’t mince words when it came to talking about the soon to be ex POTUS and his cult like supporters. The idiocies of anti mask wearing people during a global pandemic. Chappelle was live and uncut. Kudos to Lorne Michaels for not censoring Chappelle.

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