Comedic icon Dave Chappelle offered an emphatic and passionate statement about the controversial insults from fellow comedian Michelle Wolf at the White House Correspondents' Dinner.
Here's video of Chappelle's comments about Michelle Wolf:
Here's what Chappelle said
The popular comedian said that although he thought Wolf's jokes were "flat-footed," he had to respect that she stood up to representatives of the White House in front of a "lame" crowd.
"I really respected what I saw," Chappelle said.
"I don't know who those people think they are that she can't say that to them," he explained, "cause they offend people all the time."
“I gotta respect the gangsta.”
"And I think that for many people, not everybody who watched it, but for many people it's cathartic to watch that woman speak truth to power like that," Chappelle continued. "And whether they understand it or not, there was an enormous amount of levity in what she did. But it was very flat-footed, and it was grounded in her truth."
"And whether I agree with it or not, I gotta respect the artistry," he added. "I gotta respect the gangsta."
"I know how hard it is to do what she did," he explained. "In front of that lame (expletive) crowd. And she, I think she nailed it."
"I thought it was beautiful," he concluded, "and I didn't see her pander once. And I thought that was beautiful."
Wolf began a public outrage after she targeted White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders with very insulting jokes at the White House Correspondents' Dinner. She has since said she doesn't regret what she did, and that she felt she could mock a woman where a male comedian could not have done so.