Dave Chappelle Defends Freedom Of Speech From 'Political Correctness'

Tyler MacDonald

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?"

Others join Chappelle in their skepticism of Robson and Safechuck's accusations, including Jackson's former bodyguard, Matt Fiddes, who participated in the documentary Michael Jackson: Chase the Truth, which seeks to discredit Reed's film and all those involved.

Other public figures who have publicly supported Jackson include singer Akon, comedian Godfrey, and actor Jason Weaver.