At a time in our history when we could all use a little more laughter in our lives, iconic comedian Dave Chappelle is releasing one of his deepest and most poignant specials, entitled 8:46, which is strangely accompanied by the slightest laugh he already has do not
received. The public’s lack of cheerfulness is not the result of the veteran performer’s failure as an actor, but in part because of Chappelle’s powerful message about the recent death of George Floyd at the hands of the former officer. Minneapolis Police Station Derek Chauvin. the subject he is discussing, Chappelle asked participants very early: “Are you having a good time, or is this weird?” ” Weird
is an appropriate word to describe the special, as the opening images reveal that customers are going to an outdoor meeting place in a suburb of Dayton, Ohio, wearing masks, checking the temperature and sitting in their areas designated socially distant, which are clearly marked on the grass. Although Chappelle is not directly addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s hard to ignore the fact that it’s an unprecedented period as you watch the crowd react to Chappelle, while your only clue about this that they might think is provided by their subtle body movements and their eyes.
For a segment with a running time of just under thirty minutes, Chappelle is able to get rid of his chest compared to what he thinks of racism against blacks in America. The title 8:46 refers to the time Chauvin had his knee on the back of Floyd’s neck before he died. This special moment is also important because it is the time marked on Chappelle’s birth certificate, which effectively adds more urgency to her message throughout. Chappelle’s long resume may include titles such as comedian, actor, and producer, but at 8:46, he proves that he can also be an effective history teacher. To better articulate his beliefs as to why people all over the world react to Floyd’s death in such a passionate way, Chappelle looks back in time on similar events in the history of our country where black men were killed by police. Chappelle recounts the death of Trayvon Martin, 15, at the hands of George Zimmerman in 2012, and the death of John Crawford III, 22, who was killed in a Walmart not far from where this special was turned. Although these poignant tales do not need Chappelle’s embellishments to make them more impactful, it is remarkable to hear the actor recounting these events with passion. It’s hard not to get caught up in your message, so at times 8:46 is more like a sermon than a special comedy.It remains to be seen if Chappelle’s views on race relations in America will resonate with the masses, but as the talented comedian put it at the end of the show, “These streets will speak for themselves if I’m alive or dead. .. We will keep this space open. It is the last bastion of civil discourse. It seems that Chappelle has not finished speaking about the current state of the world, and although he remained silent during most of the turbulence in 2020, it is a welcome relief to hear his voice in the midst of all the current chaos.