Critics hated Dave Chappelle's newest comedy special "Sticks & Stones," yet normal people loved it. Indeed, critics gave the special a zero percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes after the initial release, despite receiving nearly 100 percent from normal people.
Chappelle's magnum opus was also bashed by the media. "You Can Definitely Skip Dave Chappelle's New Netflix Special," Vice News declared.
So, why the great disconnect? According to "South Park" co-creator Matt Stone, critics bashed the special over industry pressure to condemn politically incorrect content.
"They may have laughed like hell at that, and then they went home and they know what they have to write to keep their job," Stone told the Hollywood Reporter this week.
"So when I read TV reviews or cultural reviews, I think of someone in prison, writing. I think about somebody writing a hostage note. This is not what they think. This is what they have to do to keep their job in a social media world," he explained. "So I don't hold it against them."
Stone also commented on the so-called "cancel culture," which involves social media outrage mobs boycotting people and brands. He said cancel culture is the result of an overly sensitive younger generation.
"It's new. I don't want to say it's the same as it's always been. The kids are f***ing different than us. There's a generational thing going on," he said. "I know some people have been canceled for genuinely, like, personal behavior, but Dave is not getting canceled anytime soon."
The idea that comedy should adhere to politically correct norms is a new idea that most Americans, and comedians alike, clearly disagree with.
Comedian Chris D'Elia, in the wake of the Chappelle controversy, said that if one finds comedy offensive, then the problem is not the comedy.
How come if you’re offended by someone’s comedy it can’t just be your cup of tea and then that’s it? Why do you hav… https://t.co/4AiCfmQjLu— Chris D'Elia (@Chris D'Elia)1567015878.0
Indeed, for one to be outraged over Chappelle's special, they first made the decision to watch it — all 65 minutes.