Comedian Dave Chappelle released a half-hour comedy special early Friday morning in which he ripped Republican pundit Candace Owens, CNN host Don Lemon, and Fox News host Laura Ingraham.
Chappelle titled the special 8:46, which debuted on Netflix’s YouTube channel, after the amount of time Minneapolis police office Derek Chauvin had his knee on George Floyd’s neck. The special, recorded June 6, was set in a socially distanced open field in Beaver Creek, Ohio.
Chappelle touched on topics such as Floyd, LeBron James, and Azealia Banks’ accusation of an affair with Chappelle. However, Chappelle saved his most incendiary remarks for Owens, Lemon, and Ingraham.
“She’s the worst,” Chappelle said to the crowd about Owens. “I can’t think of a worse way to make money. She’s the most articulate idiot I’ve ever seen in my (expletive) life.”
Chappelle’s dig at Owens comes from her repeated attacks on Floyd since his death. Owens released a video on June 4 titled ‘I Do Not Support George Floyd And The Media Depiction Of Him As A Martyr For Black America.’
In the video she took numerous digs at Floyd including mentioning his arrest record. She also asked why the black community made him a hero?
“We didn’t choose him, you did!” Chappelle said loudly. “They killed him and that wasn’t right, so he’s the guy. We’re not desperate for heroes in the black community. Any (expletive) that survives this nightmare is my God damned hero.”
Owens responded in a tweet Friday morning.
“To every Democrat tweeting me the clip of #DaveChappelle insulting me: I’m not a leftist. I have a sense of humor & I think comedians SHOULD make fun of people. Dave Chappelle is one of the greatest comedians of all time and I made it into one of his specials. That’s POWER!”
Chappelle also took shots at Fox News host Laura Ingram for her comments telling LeBron James to “shut up and dribble.”
“She told one of Ohio’s greatest residents to ‘shut up and dribble,’” Chappelle said to the crowd. “I’ll tell you something about LeBron James, he was on the cover of Sports Illustrated when he was 17 years old and exceeded every expectation they had of him.
“My friend is the best at something and she’s not the best at anything, she’s just a regular white woman with a platform.”
Chappelle also went after CNN host Don Lemon after he called out celebrities for not speaking out on George Floyd’s murder.
“He says where are all these celebrities why aren’t they talking, I was screaming at the TV ‘I dare you to say me,’” Chappelle said. “Has anyone listened to me do comedy? Have I not ever said anything about these things before?
“So now all of a sudden this (expletive) expects me to step over the streets and talk over the work these people are doing as a celebrity?”
Chappelle then asked the crowd “Do you want to see a celebrity now? Do we give a (expletive) what Ja Rule thinks, does it matter about celebrity now? No. This is the streets talking for themselves, they don’t need me right now.”
Lemon responded on CNN Friday morning saying he agreed with Chappelle’s point.
“I actually agree with Dave Chappelle,” Lemon said. “And I think the young people out in the streets don’t really care what we have to say. They think the part of the world that we created and what we did, we didn’t move fast enough and weren’t strong enough.”