by Shelt Garner
The fact that I woke up this morning to people being mad that John Mulaney had Dave Chappelle open his set in Columbus, Ohio last night is really disheartening for a number of reasons.
One is, the free speech issue. And I think that’s what makes me the most angry. I totally validate if you’re angry over Chappelle’s “trans-phobic” jokes, but don’t get so mad that you don’t think he has the right to say them in the first place.
Part and parcel of that first issue is the more the Left hates on Chappelle for the contents of his stand up routine, the more you make him a icon of the Right. Which obviously is very surreal given his the general material he uses in his sets.
But I think the overall takeway from this particular clusterfuck is not only are the expectations of GenZ when it comes to social issues far different than all the other generations, but also the every day whatever middle ground there might have once been between Left and Right is growing smaller and smaller.
Each side has to defend their side’s most extreme position as if it’s their own, even if it isn’t.