Chappelle directly addresses the tragedy in his special, which was filmed in Ohio, where the actor lives. “It’s hard to figure out what to say about George Floyd, so I’m not going to say it yet,” said Chappelle to open his set. “I have to tell you this is like the first concert in North America since all of this has happened, whether you like it or not, that is history. It’s going to be in the books. “
The actor also talks about the impact of the video of Floyd’s death. “When I watched this tape, I understood that this man knew he was going to die … for a reason that I still do not understand, all these fucking police officers were there, hands in pockets. Who are you talking to? What do you mean you can kneel on a man’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds and feel like you won’t get the wrath of God? ”
Chappelle admitted that he had avoided watching the tape for a long time, and when he did, one of the hardest parts to see was Floyd saying that he could not breathe.
In the series, Chappelle also talks about several other incidents of violence against people of color, including the gunshot death ofand .
At the end of the special, Chappelle opens up about his grief after the death of, who died in a helicopter accident on January 26. “He died the day I won a Grammy,” said Chapelle. “That’s why I didn’t run for the Grammys, because Kobe died. They both had his fucking jersey number hanging on it – 8, 24. Well, it’s my birthday. I cried like a baby. ”
The legend of the YouTube video includes a message from Chappelle: “Normally, I would not show you something so refined, I hope you understand,” he wrote. He also shares a link with Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit organization that is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive sentence in the United States, challenging racial and economic injustice and protecting the human rights of the most vulnerable in American society.