Jon Stewart Defends Dave Chappelle’s ‘SNL’ Monologue on ‘Colbert’ – Rolling Stone

Jon Stewart defended Dave Chappelle’s controversy Saturday Night Live monologue – where the actor was accused of “engaging and spreading” antisemitism by the Anti-Defamation League – during an appearance on The Late Show.

Stewart has been friends with Chappelle for more than two decades, dating back to when they appeared together in a 1998 concert. Half Baked. The two have also done shows together in the past few years.

“Everybody calls me like, ‘You see Dave SNL?’ And I say yes, we are very good friends. I always see and send positive messages,” Stewart told host Stephen Colbert. “‘He made atheism obsolete with a single speech.’ And I was like, I don’t know if you’ve been on comment sections on a lot of news articles, but that’s cool. Antisemitism, common. But the one thing I will say is that I do not believe that censorship and sanctions are the way to end antisemitism or misunderstanding. I don’t believe in it. It’s the wrong way to talk about it.”

Following the 15-minute monologue, ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt tweeted about Chappelle’s behavior, “We shouldn’t expect @DaveChappelle to act as a moral compass for the community, but it’s heartbreaking to see @nbcsnl not only condoning but cheering #antisemitism. Why is Jewish sentiment denied or diminished to such an extent? Why does it cause our anxiety?” clap?”

However, Stewart defended Chappelle’s comments, as well as his right to express them, and emphasized the importance of making these conversations public.

“Dave said something inside SNL one comment that I thought was constructive, where he says, ‘It shouldn’t be this difficult to talk about things.’ I am called antisemitic because I am against Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. I get called certain things from certain people based on certain opinions that I have, but those close the debate,” said Stewart.

“Whether it’s comedy or dialogue or something else, if we don’t have the opportunity to face what’s going on, how can we move forward?” If we all just shut it down, then we go back to our little corners of ignorance and it metastasizes. The whole point of all this is to not let it escalate and to get it out in the air and talk about it. “

The conversation then turned to Kyrie Irving and Kanye West, two other high-profile figures in hot water over the controversy. “Kany’s story, he can act weird, and he says things, that didn’t surprise me. Kyrie’s story surprised me, you don’t expect to get that from someone named Irving,” Stewart said. “He really thought he was one of us.”

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“Kyrie Irving, they stopped him from playing basketball. If you want to punish this man, send him to the Knicks,” Stewart added. “Punishing someone for thinking – I don’t think that’s the way to change their mind or understanding. This is a great man. The idea that you can say to him, ‘We’re going to put you in the end time. You have to sit in a corner and stare at the wall until you no longer believe that the Jews control the world’s banking system’… That if we don’t deal with it in a straightforward way, we will never understand each other.”


“The codes are reducing. We play with the ropes, because everyone has biases in their lives and the way they see things,” said Stewart, turning back to the monologue. “And comics rely on that bias as a shorthand for our writing. Even animated comics play with strings to a certain extent. ”

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Stewart added, “But the most interesting thing to come out of this, in my mind, is something that Kanye said on his tour — he was interviewed by five different people because the media is all about heat and conflict — He said, ‘People who hurt people hurt people,’ and if the purpose of all of this is it is for healing people, the only way to heal the wound is to open it and clean it, and it stings, and it hurts, but you have to expose it. the wind But I’m afraid the conversation in this world is ‘Cover it up, hide it, put it out, and don’t bother with it.’ And what I would say is, look at it from a Black perspective. It is a culture that feels that its wealth has been taken by different groups — whites, Jews — whether it is true or not, that is the feeling in that community, and if you don’t understand where it comes from, you can’t handle it. with it.”


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