LOESCH: Bullies Aren’t Victims

By Dana Loesch

When you become the bully, you can’t also claim to be the victim. 

Militant LGBTQ activists are in another season of rage following Dave Chappelle’s sixth and final Netflix special. Most of the people complaining didn’t even watch the final show — or any of the six specials Netflix aired.

Being offended isn’t news. America is tired of racing from one mic huddle to the next as disgruntled person after person steps forward and declares their feelings are hurt. No one cares. No one is forcing any of these people to watch a special they clearly didn’t watch — I can tell this because I thought Chappelle bent over backwards and, in my opinion, was too accommodating when separating the person from the bullying behavior. 

But who cares? 

It was a comedy show. It’s comedy. There are no sacred cows in comedy. 

The people who demand that certain things are off limits in comedy ruin comedy. Some of Chappelle’s jokes were directed towards Republicans, some at white women. I’m there to laugh. If you’re going to come at me with a joke you best make me laugh. He did. He joked at the expense of black people, Asian people, Democrats, Republicans, no one was spared. South Park is similar. 

Half of the fun was the audience’s reaction. It was entertaining to watch Chappelle jump over their socially-conditioned barriers and provoke them to laughter with purposefully-designed absurdity. 

Self-appointed bouncers of humor who place velvet ropes around topics kill discourse. It’s the same with being told you can only enjoy the works of those who agree with you. I can’t stand the annoying, Marxist, militant left’s policing of culture and I roll my eyes when any self-appointed bouncer on our political side of the aisle tells me or others that we can’t enjoy this music or that special because the creator doesn’t 100% share our views. Tribalism promotes authoritarianism and I don’t buy the snake oil that embracing even more tribalism is the way to end cancel culture. If we only ever watched or listened to music, films, or TV made by people who thought like us, life would be horrible.

The point Chappelle makes in his final Netflix special is summed up by his joke about DaBaby:

“Part of the LGBTQ+ community doesn’t know DaBaby’s history,” Chappelle said. “He once shot [19-year-old Jaylin Craig] and killed him, in Walmart. This is true.”

“DaBaby shot and killed a [man] in Walmart in North Carolina. Nothing bad happened to his career,” the Emmy Award-winner continued. “Do you see where I’m going with this? In our country, you can shoot and kill a [man], but you better not hurt a gay person’s feelings.”

Hurting someone’s feelings is a bigger transgression in our modern society than ending another’s life because people have conflated protected class with sainthood and offending someone is a capital offense — you’ll either be driven to economic death, social death, or actual death, as Chappelle notes when discussing his friend that Twitter dragged for the crime of defending him.

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