Comedian Dave Chappelle blasted woke culture and the cast of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" in a recent podcast for being outraged over Elon Musk being tapped to host the comedy show.
What is the background?
While it was not immediately clear why some "SNL" writers and cast members did not want Musk to host the show, Page Six reported that NBC executives would not force triggered cast members to appear alongside Musk — giving them a safe space, if you will.
"Speaking historically, if a cast member has been that unhappy, they don't have to do it," a source told Page Six. "['SNL' boss Lorne Michaels] won't ever make them do anything they don't want to do."
What did Chappelle say?
Speaking with Joe Rogan about the cast's outrage over Musk, the legendary comedian said "no one can be woke enough."
"I'm torn, because I like a warrior for a good cause, but I'm really into tactics. You're not gonna nag people into behaving in a way — in fact, if you continue with this tone, even if you're right, you'll be very hard to hear," Chappelle said.
Rogan agreed, "No one is woke enough."
Both Chappelle and Rogan expressed confusion over why the "SNL" cast was upset about Musk, suggesting it was because he is the world's richest man or that he analyzed the COVID-19 pandemic from a factual, not emotional, perspective.
Rogan theorized the real problem with woke culture is intolerance.
"I think the people that are complaining that he's gonna be on 'Saturday Night Live,' I think what's going on now is they want someone to be 100% compliant to whatever ideology they're a part of — and any deviation from that is problematic," Rogan said.
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Chappelle was targeted by the woke crowd in 2019 following the release of his Netflix comedy special "Sticks & Stones," in which he mocked the left's politically correct agenda.
But Chappelle mocked critics and made it clear he would not acquiesce to the left's demands.
"Political correctness has its place. We all want to live in a polite society, we just have to kind of work on the levels of coming to agreement of what that actually looks like," Chappelle said. "I, personally, am not afraid of other people's freedom of expression. I don't use it as a weapon. It just makes me feel better. And I'm sorry if I hurt anybody. Etc., etc. Yada, yada, yada. Everything I'm supposed to say."