In a rare public appearance, comedian Dave Chappelle spoke to the American people on the stage of Saturday Night Live in the form of a stand-up monologue.
In the eleven minute and thirty-six second segment, he stated that, “I’m going to give Trump a chance. And we … demand that he give us one too.”
Soon after the comedian walks on stage, he states, “I didn’t know Donald Trump was gonna win the election.”
Adding in after a brief pause, “I did suspect it.”
The Simpsons knew it all along pic.twitter.com/qX7mAAHzd1
— Dave Chappelle (@ChappeIIeShow) November 9, 2016
Explaining, “It seemed like Hillary Clinton was doing well in the polls.”
“But uh, I know the whites. You guys aren’t as full of surprises as you used to be.”
*WARNING: video contains graphic language
On stage Chappelle spoke about other topics on the minds of many Americans like the mass shooting at the nightclub in Orlando to the new slogan the Black Lives Matter movement should take and by others who try to match the catchy phrase that has come with the movement.
Saying, “Even the police,” in reference to wanting a movement name similar to that of BLM, uses the tag line: “Blue Lives Matter” which is an actual twitter account that refers to itself as, “The first, original and official Twitter page for proud Americans who unapologetically support Law Enforcement.”
Chappelle goes on to say,”What, was you born a police? That is not a blue life. That’s a blue suit. You don’t like it, take the suit off, find a new job. ‘Cause I tell you, if I could quit being black today, I’d be out the game.'”
The funny man also offered up a personal story that showcased how America is moving up and on from previous years by reflecting on his latest trip to the White House for a Black Entertainment Television (BET) sponsored party.
Chappelle says, that the majority of the room was black, a group that he classifies as “historically disenfranchised,” on the upside, this powerful experience made him feel “hopeful” and “proud to be an American.”
“I looked at that room, and I looked out at all those black faces (and actor Bradley Cooper), and I saw how happy everybody was. These people, who had been historically disenfranchised.
…it made me feel hopeful. And it made me feel proud to be an American, and it made me very happy about the prospects of our country.
In that spirit, I’m wishing Donald Trump luck. and I’m going to give him a chance. And we, the historically disenfranchised, demand that he give us one, too.”
The funny man’s voice on the issue struck a cord among Americans and social media showcased reactions.
Dave Chapelle was really impressive in #SNL. His monologue was really funny, the end of it was thoughtful and touching.
— Annie (@Ann_Tagonist_) November 14, 2016
Dave Chapelle so on point last night on SNL 🎯 https://t.co/PYbC9W6jLO
— DJ ill Will (@DeeJayiLLWiLL) November 13, 2016
Chapelle also spoofed white liberals in a stinging bit featuring fellow comedian Chris Rock. The two-some poked fun at election night responses and how some reacted with disbelief to the Trump victory.
The five minute and thirty-six second video clip that followed the memorable monologue has received almost 7 million views.