Comedian Dave Chappelle's controversial Netflix special, Sticks & Stones, has taken heat for its jokes on topics like Michael Jackson's alleged sexual abuse, the LGBTQ+ community, and Jussie Smollett. As The Inquisitr reported, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg touched on comedy such as Chappelle's in a recent interview with Peter Hamby on Snapchat's show Good Luck America, and suggested that comedy that is "harmful" or "hurtful" should be "turned off."
Despite some backlash, Chappelle doesn't seem to be phased. While accepting Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday, he spoke in defense of freedom of speech on the red carpet, Fox News reports.
"Political correctness has its place," he said. "We all want to live in a polite society, we just kind of have to work on the levels of coming to an agreement of what that actually looks like
According to Chappelle, he's "not afraid" of other people exercising their right to freedom of expression.
"I don't use it as a weapon. It just makes me feel better. And I'm sorry if I hurt anybody," he said. "Yada, yada, 'everything I'm supposed to say."
"I didn't ask anybody… What are they gonna do? Kick me out before I get the prize?"