Dave Chappelle Doesn’t Hold Back in ‘SNL’ Monologue; Talks Race, COVID-19, Kindness Towards Blacks and Drags Trump and Anti-Maskers
“Saturday Night Live” returned Nov. 7 with host Dave Chappelle and musical guest Foo Fighters.
Chappelle made his second appearance as host for “SNL,” after having received an Emmy Award for his first hosting appearance following the 2016 presidential election. Foo Fighters performed as the musical guest returning to the late-night show for their eighth time on the 25th anniversary of their self-titled debut album.
Chappelle did not hold back and jumped right into his opening monologue in true 2020 form, touching on subjects that included Trump’s grueling four-year term and his mishandling of COVID-19, anti-maskers, race, and the election.
Chappelle called Trump a “racist” among other things, for the former president calling coronavirus the “Kung Flu.” Chappelle also joked how he didn’t understand why “poor white people” refuse to wear masks: “You have no problem wearing them at the Klan rally, wear them to Walmart too.” The audience respected Chappelle’s comedic license and broke out laughing.
Chappelle didn’t let up on the chance to drag Trump again, with his COVID-19 poor response, including getting infected and watching his colleagues get infected and die, such as when Chris Christie recovered from the virus, but never got a call from Trump warning him to get tested after the infamous super spreader Rose Garden event at the White House. In addition to dozens of positive tests within the Trump administration, Trump’s ally Hermain Cain died after a Trump rally, contracting COVID-19 when he sat maskless with Trump supporters indoors. Chappelle asked the audience to think about “what kind of a man, let alone leader, lets people fight and die while he prioritizes himself. A white man,” he said. “I don’t mean to put this on the whites, but I’ve been Black a long time, I’ve noticed a pattern.”
The comedian continued, “But if you’re a good white and you actually want to help then join me,” he continued. “My plan is called the kindness conspiracy — random acts of kindness for Black people. Do something nice for a Black person just because they’re Black, and you’ve got to make sure they don’t deserve it … the same way all them years they did terrible things to Black people just because they’re Black and they didn’t deserve it.”
He went on to joke about “white anguish” that happens when one is misunderstood and left feeling like no one understands your problems. Chappelle stated, “But here’s the difference between me and you: You guys hate each other for that, and I don’t hate anybody. I just hate that feeling. That’s what I fight through. That’s what I suggest you fight through,” he said, telling people to find “joy in your existence despite that feeling.”
Check out his full monologue below. (Explicit Language)