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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Links - 25th May 2022 (2 - Women)

Meme - "Arguing with a woman is like reading the Software License agreement. In the end you have to ignore everything and click agree"

Meme - "When your friends about to rip her cunt in half pushing out some little bastard & You're happy as fuck because you took it in the ass."
Original was "took the morning after pill"

Kristen Lanae on Twitter - "WELL LIKE, ZOINKS SCOOB!!! The mystery of what’s under Velmas sweater has been solved 🥵🥵🥵"

Meme - "E-Thot: I know what I'm worth and expect a man to realize that!
Man: According to the link in your bio, you're worth $5.99 a month."

The Samantha MACK on Twitter - "All the strongest most influential men I know have had end our friendship to appease a “normal” girl. I’ve been in situations like this a million times before. My integrity means nothing. You don’t have tits like this, without being told that your mere presence is a threat."
Must be the fault of "patriarchy"!

I told a man he needed therapy last night. : FemaleDatingStrategy - "I went on a second date last night. There were no red flags on the first date and we actually had a good time most of this date too. Until, unprompted, he mentioned that he likes to take things emotionally slow because he “went through a traumatic relationship 3 years ago.”  Let me tell you how his jaw dropped when I said “and you didn’t seek therapy or do something to work on that? Instead you are here on a second date telling me about all the ways you’ll compare me to an ex who “traumatized” you? You shouldn’t be dating at all.”  I cut the date short, he tried to walk me to my car but I insisted on going myself and then he texted me asking me to verify when I made it home before I blocked him."
He dodged a bullet

Meme - "Every time we fight, I come to have snack at her job. cause here I'm a customer and the customer is always right."

Baby daddy: Nigerian playboy attends wedding with six women he impregnated - "The socialite and club owner, who is known as Pretty Mike, was attending the nuptials of actor Williams Uchemba... Pretty Mike raised eyebrows by saying that a beautiful woman is not meant for just one man.  “I don’t know who needs to hear this, but a beautiful lady isn’t meant for only one man, so to keep one to yourself in this Lagos (Nigeria’s largest city), you must be capable of doing what 11 men can do,” he said."

Meme - "*Bronze Medal meme*: On Father's Day
1st: Actual Fathers
2nd: Step Fathers
3rd: Single Moms"

Escort, 23, forced teenager to have sex with '17 men a day' - "An escort has walked free from court after allegedly arranging for a teenager to have sex with 17 men a day to repay a £100 debt.  Tyler-Jo Walker, aged 23, was the escort who made the 16 year old girl feel like she could "not say no" to having sex with multiple men for the money."

Meme - "We'll be having sex with robots in the next 10 years"
"that robot looks already fed up with her shit"

Meme - Google: "my wife yells at me"
"First off, try talking with her about her yelling and how it makes you feel. Be sure to listen to her part of the story too. If that doesn't have much effect, but your spouse is more or less cooperative, try marriage counseling. Perhaps a professional might be able to help to fix the situation."
Google: "my husband yells at me"
"Getting help for domestic violence and abuse - NHS
Domestic violence, also called domestic abuse, includes physical, emotional and sexual abuse in couple relationships or between family members..."

Meme - MaMyirha @khikhi_Bae: "Don't lose a loyal woman, just because she cheated once"

Corrections officer who cut a hole in her pants for 'depraved' sex sentenced to seven months in jail - "A corrections officer from California who had sex with a prisoner in full view of 11 other inmates has been jailed for seven months.  Fresno County correctional officer Tina Gonzalez, 27, cut a hole in her uniform in order to make sex with the inmate at the jail easier... Taleisnik stressed how Gonzalez took responsibility for her actions. He also explained that the end of her own marriage had made her 'vulnerable.'"

Meme - "Are you looking for love, or hookups?"
"Lmao I have no fucking idea at this point"
"Right now I'm just looking for D&D"
"Dungeons and dragons?"
"Lmaooo Dick and dinner"
"Ohhh okay yah that makes a lot more sense"

Khloe Kardashian fans shocked by her 'creepy' long, pale hands in new photo & accuse her of 'bad' photoshop - "Khloe Kardashian’s hands look like the hands of what I imagine lives under my bed and grabs my ankles in my sleep"

Meme - "Having a vibrator die on you while you're masturbating is like having sex with a man"
"Yup, even a machine gets tired of you just lying there"

Meme - "Nobody:
Girls desperate for onlyfans subscribers: "MY ASS IS REDUCED FOR QUICK SALE $2"

Meme - "Drug dealers really be putting their freedom on the line so other people can get high. That's why I have sex with them."

Meme - "Day 122 without any D: someone at the dog park said "whos a good girl" and i said "me daddy""

Japanese Schools Ban Ponytails On Female Students Because They Could Arouse Boys - "From the colour of their undergarments to the length of their socks, schools in Japan are notorious for having strict rules imposed on their students' dressing... Vice World News published a feature article about the harsh regulations known as buraku kosoku (black rules) in Japanese schools, which has since been widely reported by many international media.  Speaking to former middle school teacher Motoki Sugiyama on the topic, he revealed that he was once told by school administrators that female students cannot wear ponytails because exposing the nape of their necks could "sexually excite" male students.   "They're worried boys will look at girls, which is similar to the reasoning behind upholding a white-only underwear colour rule"...  The former teacher with 11 years of teaching experience explained that the purpose of the rule on white-only undergarments is to prevent them from being shown through their uniforms...   While there are no nationwide statistics on how many schools still impose a no-ponytails rule, a 2020 survey found that about 10% of schools in the southern prefecture of Fukuoka prohibited the hairstyle  Sugiyama said all five different schools he has taught in the Shizuoka prefecture, which is about 144km southwest of Tokyo, have a ponytails ban...   The history of buraku kosoku dates back to the 1870s when the Japanese government established its first systematic regulation of education. Around the 1970s and 1980s, the rules became stricter in an attempt to reduce bullying and violence in schools.  Meiji University's associate professor of sociology Asao Naito told Vice World News that what gets banned differs from school to school and generation to generation. However, the intended effect to make students not stand out remains the same...   Other than ponytails and undergarments, the rules also dictate that students' hair must be black and straight  In 2017, a student in Osaka sued her school for forcing her to dye her hair black even though brown was her natural colour.  Students, whose hair is not black and straight, are told to provide photographic proof of their natural hair colour.  Additionally, Vice World News also mentioned that some of the rules contradict one another. For example, schools allow bob hairstyles even though they show students' napes as much as ponytails do.   Following the viral report, the Tokyo metropolitan government said that they will be scrapping hairstyle and undergarment rules  The report by The Guardian published yesterday, 14 March, noted that the move will make about 200 schools in the capital city drop five bans, one of which includes the black hair-only rule.  Yuto Kitamura, a member of the Tokyo metropolitan board of education, said the decision to scrap the most egregious regulations was a "major step forward"."
When Japan is less old fashioned than Singapore

Tokyo schools cut controversial rules governing hairstyles and underwear - "a survey carried out last year of 240 schools in the capital found that 216 retained regulations that an increasing number of people in education – including the children themselves – say are outdated. Some of the rules will stay in certain schools, however. While some will abolish a requirement for students to show proof that their hair is naturally curly or a colour other than black, some will keep the regulation, reportedly at the request of students and parents."

Japanese schools ban ponytails fearing they 'sexually excite' men - "Schools enforce further restrictions such as the color of children’s socks, skirt length and even the shape of their eyebrows."

Japanese Schools Are Still Banning Ponytails Because They Could ‘Sexually Excite’ Men - "The undercut, a hairstyle that shaves the sides but leaves the top long, is similarly prohibited.  “Because if the two-block (undercut) is OK, then some students might start saying the mohawk should be OK”... Naito recalled his days in elementary and middle school some 40 years ago, when long skirts were worn by sukeban (delinquent girls). “For that reason, long skirts were banned and made shorter,” he told VICE World News. “But now, schools don’t allow short skirts and are lengthening them.”... A spokesperson for Hosoyamada Junior High School, in the southern prefecture of Kagoshima, told VICE World News it changed its rules on pupils’ clothing last year after students complained.  Ponytails and pigtails are still prohibited, but their underwear doesn’t have to be white anymore. It can be gray, black, or navy blue."

Japanese Companies Anger Netizens With Policy That Bans Women From Wearing Glasses At Work - "a domestic airline reportedly has a no-glasses rule for flight attendants due to safety concerns, while a cosmetic company said it was difficult to see an employee's make-up behind their glasses.   Some retail chains reportedly said glasses-wearing receptionists gave a "cold impression" while some restaurants said glasses didn't go well with their waitresses' kimonos.  In an interview with Business Insider, a Japanese woman also said that her boss had told her that glasses are prohibited because she "needed to look feminine", also adding "that looking intelligent" can be a setback at work...   In March this year, according to Fortune, women railed against the common requirement by employers that they have to wear make-up at work.  Also earlier this year, actor and writer Yumi Ishikawa sparked a Twitter movement with the hashtag 'KuToo' to criticise rules that require women to wear high heels to work.  The hashtag plays on the Japanese words for shoe, or kutsu, and pain, kutsuu."

I fantasise about group sex with old, obese men - "I'm a slim, 31-year-old woman attracted to older, obese men – the uglier the better. I fantasise about being passed around by several of them. The thing that really turns me on is the idea of having to lift their stomachs and search for their penises, which are always difficult to find and a bit on the soft side. I haven't mentioned this to my fiance, because I think he would be horrified. Our sex life is fine, but I use the fantasy to help me climax. I feel guilty – what made me so sick?"

Why I refused to make friends with my vagina

Meme - "When u thought he got u cupcakes, but he ends up proposing instead"

The Bachelor is a show about a guy dating multiple women at once, and is mostly watched by women who hate guys that date multiple women at once.

Meme - "When you're the only one who takes it in the ass"

Meme - Lui: "on a plus de lubrifiant, flemme de faire l'amour"
Moi: "l'huile de coco"
"ma salive"
"le beurre de mamie"
"l'huile de vidange"
"l'apres shamping de ma soeur"
"l'huile de cuisson des frites de dimanche midi"

Meme - *Kim Jong Un on bed surrounded by 15 women in black*

Meme - "How do you understand this picture?" *Weighing scale balanced between 5 naked women and 1 clothed woman with a heart*
"You need to have a wife and hoes for you to have a good balance in life."

Scotty | FKM on Twitter - "yo @TwitchSupport I need ur help on a purchase I made the girl I donated $13,000 to, spent countless hours moderating her chat and keeping creepers away, and spent time being there for on an emotional level on ur website is actually married and I want a refund"

Man admits to posing as Caucasian on dating app to get nude pictures before extorting victims for sex - "Posing as a Caucasian called Jake on dating platform Tinder, a man duped multiple women into sending him their nude pictures.  Ong Chun Siang threatened to expose the images when they ignored him or rejected his requests for sexual favours...   The woman alerted the police and officers decided to ambush Ong. She duped him into thinking that they would be having sex and the pair met near a Middle Road hotel on Feb 8, 2019.  Police officers in the vicinity arrested Ong."
Literally AMDK

Meme - "if youre cheating n he catches you, break up w him, cause he dnt trust you n thats toxic. you deserve better"

Jodi Rose, Australian Artist, Marries 600-Year-Old French Bridge Le Pont du Diable - "Jodi Rose, an Australian artist who travels the world recording the vibrations of bridge cables for her “Singing Bridges” music project, knew it was true love the first time she laid eyes on Le Pont du Diable, a 600-year-old bridge in Southern France... Le Pont du Diable, also known as “The Devil’s Bridge,” was first erected by Benedictine Monks in the 11th century and has shown resilience in the face of harsh times over the Hérault river gorge, according to Geekosystem.  "[He] is everything I could desire in a husband - sturdy, trustworthy, sensual, kind and handsome," Rose wrote. "There is longevity in the arch of his back, he has stood for 600 years and he will stand for 600 more.""

Meme - "I'm too young to be faithful if i see a guy that look better than mine, on me im cheating

prod.by loverboy 💘 on Twitter - "y’all ever notice the relationship is at stake only when the female is unhappy? y’all not ready for that talk thou"

Meme - "i just wanted to apologize for saying i was pansexual with a preference. i now know that pansexuals do not have a preference. i am now sapphic with a male preference... i hope everyone can forgive me! #apology #sexualities #alt #emo #outside"

Meme - "When i was little, I was obsessed with elephants. They seemed so cool because they are huge and slow and control their trunks like arms, but I've never had a chance to see one, even at a zoo. Its always been a secret dream of mine to sit on top of one someday, even those little baby ones. And in my whole life I've never wanted to ride anything more until I matched with you."
"I hate this app."


Meme - "the internet has made average looking women think they're super models"
"Did he seriously just say mid Imao"

Woman dies after crack pipe removed from her vagina - "A woman, 31, has died a week after she was taken to hospital to have a glass pipe and a bottle of crack cocaine removed from her vagina.  April Rollison, 31, of the city of Sebring, Florida, was arrested with three men on drug charges in the nearby suburb of Babson Park...   Polk County Shefiff’s office believe that Rollison removed the prescription bottle of crack cocaine and cocaine from her vagina and consumed part of the contents. The deputy and a nurse found the bottle and a white substance, later identified as cocaine, on the floor."

Meme - "Even potatoes look beautiful with make-up"hate

Meme - Cis Women: "You always act like you're better than me"
Me: "l am better than you!"
Trans women hate cis women so much. There is a deep current of misogyny in trans mania

Meme - Grace Collins they/them: "If you're not trans, your privilege is you can safely order pizza without knowing what the pizza shop's "politics" on gender are."
Pizza chef: "mamma mia le womenna no havea the penni"

Meme - Moderately Supreme @RobCo_Seductron: "Getting misgendered all day and finally getting affirmation when your friend says "Your opinion doesn't count because you're a woman""

Meme - astro bully angie @teaxtarot: "I still can't believe I fucked a guy who made me drink water out of a Tupperware container"
Steph Lorenzo: "I fucked a guy with actual shit on his floor. We all make mistakes."

Meme - Kim Ji-yoo: "Took my daughter out to play tennis today. Yesterday I discussed getting her on birth control with her father. He was angry and started yelling at her. Called her a slut, said she was grounded and can never leave the house. Well Do- Yun... If you are reading this.. she is out of the house, with me... Having a nice little girls day. Also if I didn't tell you, we are getting a divorce."

Meme - "I Think I'm Pretty Awesome, But I Seem To Scare Guys Away By Amy Horton
And Here are some other articles written by Amy Horton
I Don't Need Your Money I Can Spoil Myself By Amy Horton
I'm Done Dating Broke Guys, But That Doesn't Make Me A Gold Digger By Amy Horton
I Haven't Had Sex In A Year & I'm Getting Desperate By Amy Horton
I Contracted Genital Warts - Why I'm Not Ashamed By Amy Horton
I'm A Strong, Independent Woman - But I Still Want The Guy To Make The First Move By Amy Horton
I'm Tired Of Teaching Guys How To Be Good Boyfriends & Then Getting Dumped - WTF? By Amy Horton
I'm A Major Catch, But Only If You're Ready For A Real Relationship By Amy Horton
Why I Cheated After Swearing I Never Would By Amy Horton
Seriously, Why Can't I Find A Decent Man?"

I married my nanny who's 20 years my junior - "In 2014, divorced Long Island business owner Ben Romano hired then-23-year-old Krystle to look after his three children. The mother of one was not exactly a domestic goddess...   ‘We hired Krystle and she was honestly the worst nanny we had ever had! Her cooking was terrible, her cleaning of the house was terrible and she was terrible at laundry.”  He spoke to his daughter Francesca about Krystle’s lackluster performance and decided she needed to go.  “But Francesca cried and begged me not to fire her. She said that Krystle was really nice and she was making her feel like a little girl again. That definitely caught my attention. Krystle wasn’t a good domestic caretaker but I loved that she was making my kids happy,” he said of his offspring, Frankie, 22, Julianna, 19, and Sal, 17.   Instead of giving her the boot, he eventually gave her a ring. The pair fell in love and married in 2017, despite the fact that Krystle is 20 years his junior and only has seven years on his eldest... The pair went on a date but kept it from the kids, who eventually saw them hold hands and screamed with excitement...   According to Ben, social-media commentators accuse his younger spouse of being a gold digger but he sees her as integral to his success.  “I didn’t have much money when I met her. I call Krystle my lucky charm because my business only really took off when we started dating,” said Ben, adding that he likes to party and Krystle is more of a homebody."

Alexander Pope declared his love to Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, 1852
She laughed at him. Brutal subject for an oil painting

Meme - "Supermarket: Cat Food
Cat toys
Meals for one"

I’ve got big boobs and I’m so jealous of girls with ‘cute little’ ones - "the size of her bust means she’ll never be able to get nipple piercings.  Carly Rivlin took to TikTok to rant about her breasts, and told her followers that she desperately wants to get some intimate piercings herself, but admitted it’s “not on the cards” for her.  “Another reason I’m jealous of the girls with the cute little boobs – nipple piercings,” she began.  “Nipple piercings sadly are not on the cards for me.  “I have to wear a bra and if I didn’t wear a bra, my nipple piercings would be confused for belly button piercings.”  Carly added that she’s desperate to wear a “white tank top” that the “jewellery shows through” a little.  “I want that so bad,” she concluded."
The most amusing part of this is that the NY Post has a "boobs" tag

Meme - Chad Bog @BogPrime: "Funny story: there's a subreddit called that went private because their users were receiving too many PMs from men who wanted to date them. of Literally this fucking meme"
"I'm so lonely. *woman slamming door shut while many men try to get in*"
Addendum: This explains "femcels"

Sexy cop shows why she’s among New York’s finest - "Since The Post revealed Long Island police officer Samantha Sepulveda’s side job as a swimsuit and lingerie model last Sunday, the 32-year-old beauty has shot to stardom. She has gained more than 90,000 followers on her @sammysep Instagram page (bumping the count past 200K), been offered modeling gigs, and appeared on numerous television and radio shows."

dxn on Twitter - "If you really loved her you wouldn’t take it personal and y’all would still be together. My current girl had like 3 diff trains ran on her while we are dating, I never took it personal bc we’re young n experiencing life… not sure if you’re cryin for attention or what. Man up"
Of course, if a man cheats on a woman...

Woman gets £7,000 breast reduction but is stunned after they grow back - "With size E cup breasts, Bethanie Lyon, 24, from Los Angeles, California, had the surgery in July 2019 after years of struggling with back pain, unwanted attention and clothes not fitting correctly... Nine months after the operation, Bethanie was back to almost the same size she was before."

Intimacy, Sex, Cheating and Love: Betrayal! - FML - "Today, my best friend of 10 years told me she had slept with a man who had a girlfriend. I told her that it wasn't that bad. She then informed me that it was my boyfriend. FML"

Meme - "E-Girls love Harley Quin because her idea of a "redemption arc" is breaking up with a shitty boyfriend, Lezzing out with her best friend, and showing absolutely no remorse for all the lives she's ruined because of her past crimes"

爱讲话 Gong Wu Gong Bo - Posts | Facebook - "当奶茶被男朋友一口喝掉一半。。。"
Chinese woman hysterical over her boyfriend drinking her bubble tea

w⚓️ on Twitter - "This woman is deadlifting very very badly and I want to advise her on her form. But she’s recording her session. I’m not tryna end up on a tiktok"
Why risk getting accused of mansplaining?

Sydney Sweeney's grandparents think she "has the best tits in Hollywood"

Meme - "as a man, why are you even okay with ordering a fruity or mixed drink ?"
"Because fruit is tasty... If I wanted salty or bitter I'd just have a conversation with you."

socs🧦🌈 on Twitter - "Years ago, a guy I was seeing made me a playlist on Spotify and it was really good. We obviously stopped seeing each other but I still had the playlist liked and I would notice him changing the name of it to different girls names bahahah"

Meme - "we broke up literally a year ago
can you please stop playing chess with my dad on messenger ?
it's disgusting"
"just because i lost the queen doesn't mean i give up the king"

Adult star on being fired as masseuse after boss' discovery - "An adult star has revealed how she was fired from her job as a masseuse when her boss found out that she had started offering additional services to her clients.  Nicole Doshi moved from China to the US, and tried her hand at a variety of careers including estate agency and working as a masseuse before finding success as an adult model.  Speaking recently on the No Jumper podcast, Nicole told viewers that she had been banned from OnlyFans after offering a “sex raffle” for subscribers...   “When I got hired it was a facial place, so basically a beauty salon. The boss hired me as a masseuse, just giving out massages for women.”  But, when her female clients failed to tip her well for her work, Nicole came up with an idea to make more money out of her job as a masseuse."

Salem witch trials

Salem witch trials podcast, episode 1: introduction | History Extra 

"‘We often look for political significance as well. So we start thinking, Oh, well, this is all about persecution, isn't it? You can fit any model of persecution, any group of persecuted people onto witches and say, Oh, well, you know, persecution is a terrible thing. And of course, it is a terrible thing. But witchcraft is a strange phenomenon in that it doesn't exist in the same way that something like communism, or race or gender does. And those kinds of groups are often the ones that people align with witches. 

So you know, in Arthur Miller's play The Crucible he says, all communists are just like witches, aren't they? They're being persecuted in America in the 1950s, I'm going to write a play about the Salem witches to show how the communists are being persecuted. But the analogy doesn't quite work. Because yeah, there really are communists, but as far as we know, there really aren't witches. 

So I think thinking about Salem through contemporary preoccupations can be a bit less help than we'd hope really. If you if you look it up in in any public domain website, you'll find a myth about Salem. And I think it's really interesting. It seems like such a well known history, but actually, it's mostly mythic history. Lots of people don't know the truth as far as we know it about the Salem case.’"


Salem witch trials podcast, episode 3: A ‘new Jerusalem’ on the edge of a wilderness | History Extra

"‘They were right to be frightened of the Native Americans, and they transposed some of those fears onto witches.’...

‘We've spoken about how conflict between white settlers and indigenous Americans could spark paranoia, which in turn may have erupted as a fear of witches. But Owen explained that it wasn't just the Europeans that were triggered by this.’

‘There are a series of episodes of quite brutal witch hunts that take place amongst several indigenous American tribes in the early 19th century. And one of the explanations for that is because of the, in a sense breakdown, structural breakdown, tensions that arise through the contact with Europeans. In other words, the destabilizing effect of contact with Europeans in itself could potentially or did potentially spark off witch trials, and witch persecutions. And also you get the rise of in a sense, sort of Christian, Native American prophets as well. Who see the fear of witches in their communities as something which can be in a sense used as a cleansing of their society and groups. It’s really quite complex to unpick. But it wouldn't have happened if it wasn't through those cultural contacts. So it's not just about conflict. It's also about the ways in which the interactions with Europeans alters and changes the ways in which Native Americans look at themselves just as the people that Salem did.’"

Salem witch trials podcast, episode 5: Satanic sabbaths and supernatural sins | History Extra

"‘One of the key aspects to the history of witch hunting in the European world is that it’s most intense at the core of Europe, around Germany and Switzerland. But after it's burned itself out in those areas, and witch hunting has stopped there, because the witch hunts basically don't seem to have worked, haven't produced better climates, healthier children, better luck, it spreads out to the fringes. And so the biggest trials in British America, the American colonies occur in the late 17th century, after witch hunting has died out across most of Europe. But also the biggest trials in Sweden, in Poland, in Hungary, are all in the late 17th, early 18th centuries. So witch hunting flames up at the end, on the extremes, the opposite extremes of the European world. And one of those extremes is Salem.’

‘And Salem was far from the only witchcraft trial in North America. In fact, the Massachusetts legal code put down in 1641, had witchcraft listed as a second crime on its books, echoing the book of Exodus pretty explicitly when it proclaimed, If any man or woman be a witch that is, hath or consulteth with a familiar spirit’...

‘We can actually trace a couple of quite specific supernatural ideas that raise their head in  Salem, back to one man in particular, the young Boston minister, Cotton Mather’

‘In terms of the the actual narrative, he lends it its shape, in the sense that there had never before been in New England, had been witchcraft in England since its founding, but there had never been in New England witches who flew. There had never been a satanic Sabbath. And those elements are things that seem to have been imported into New England in the writing of Cotton Mather, because he takes them from a Swedish witchcraft case, which he writes about. So you suddenly have these, these other elements, elements from continental witchcraft, which have landed separately in Massachusetts, and which really contribute very much to this, to this invasion.’

‘And Salem was not Cotton Mather’s first encounter with supernatural afflictions. In 1688, four  children of a Boston stonemason, had exhibited remarkably similar unexplainable symptoms to those of Salem's afflicted girls. Mather had visited the household, and in 1689, three years before things began to get strange in Salem, he published an account of the incident called Memorable Providences. It described the stonemasons’ children flying like geese and purring like cats. And it's highly likely that as another member of the Massachusetts ministry, Samuel Parris, Salem's own minister, would have been familiar with the account. And it seems a remarkable coincidence that his household witnessed such a similar outbreak’...

‘These beliefs weren't, quote, crazy, hysterical or irrational. They made total sense within the belief system of the time.’

‘Salem can sometimes be seen as a model of how an irrational set of beliefs leads to something horrific. That is an old sort of 18th, 19th century view of witchcraft and of, of magic and of popular belief. But when you put Salem in the context of the intellectual, social, cultural world, both elite, popular, however you want to put it, of the 17th century, then witchcraft made perfect sense. It was rational, I think this is really, a really important point. And the greatest minds and thinkers of the day believed in witches, and try to understand it scientifically how it happened. So when we look back on it, and the terminology has been problematic, it's a terminology of hysteria and craze, that’s weird. It's not weird at all. If you understand it, it isn't, witchcraft is not weird at all. We shouldn't think that we are more rational than the people in Salem, because we didn't live their lives.’"

Salem witch trials podcast, episode 6: Chaos in the courtroom | History Extra

"‘Just think about the most famous cultural representation of Salem, Arthur Miller's 1953 play The Crucible, which isn't really about witchcraft at all, but a thinly veiled metaphor for attempts to root out communist sympathizers in 50s America. But the runaway legality at play in Salem provided a provocative parable. As Miller himself later put it, quote, the thought that the state had lost its mind and is punishing so many innocent people is intolerable. So had the state, or more accurately the Salem justice system really lost its mind by allowing the trials to unfold as they did? Historian of witchcraft, Ronald Hutton drew some interesting comparisons between the Salem case and the ways that witchcraft prosecution played out in Europe.’

‘If you get a big, closely centralized state, like England, France, or the bigger German states or Spain, then their justice is centrally administered often by professional judges. And the processes of interrogation are long and careful usually don't involve torture. And so execution rates are low. In England, for most of the early modern period, we have the assize system, which is still around when I was young, of these county courts with professional crown judges, and juries and panel from across the county. And so the cases are heard carefully by people who don't know the accused, and are instructed by experts. And so in England in the 16th, 17th century, if you're accused of witchcraft, you have a 75 to 80% chance of being found not guilty. The thing about colonial America is it didn't really produce witch hunters. It produces people on the fringe of the European world, who've heard of witches, and have sometimes read of witches, but aren't exactly sure what to do about them. And one of the reasons that Salem is so messy, and so tear jerking is that it's an explosion of fear of witchcraft in a small community, and the people in charge, then try to work out what to do next. They take advice, they read things, and they botch all this stuff together to cop a witch hunt. So the thing about witch hunting America is it's done by amateurs, and people who aren't quite sure what they're doing, and often change their minds about it.’...

‘You can't necessarily defeat the Wabanaki at Casco Bay. But you could try all the witches and put them to death and take care of that problem and reassert a certain amount of authority.’...

‘They introduced this legal innovation, which to us now appears ridiculous and unjust, which is that if people confess, they will be let off. That wouldn’t happen in the English cases that they're used to. If you confess, you're executed. That’s the end of the matter. It maybe doesn't even come to court, you just fess up. And that's the end of them.’

‘This leads us on to one of the most confusing aspects of the Salem case, the high rate of confessions. Why on earth would anyone admit to flying on a pole or attending a satanic baptism? But as Marian suggested, there was a very clear incentive for confessing’

‘I you have a system where if you confess you're let off then yeah, you confess, don't you? So of course, that proves that you were a witch. But also, if there are other people who you've accused in your evidence that tends to prove that they're witches as well, you can absolutely see how this takes off. The usual checks and balances are missing. This is a very small pressurized community administering justice on its own citizens. And of course, it's a mess.’

‘So what was behind this contradictory system, in which if you admitted guilt, you avoided punishment? As Ronald Hutton highlights, in cases like this, confessions were by far the easiest way for Salem justices to pin down prosecutions.’

‘Because it's awfully hard to prove witchcraft, you don't have any physical evidence, you usually don't have any witnesses. So a confession is the optimal thing for accusers to obtain. On the continent very widely, torture was used to obtain a confession. And then of course, if you torture people proficiently, you will get your confession. And that's one of the horrors and problems of many big witch hunts. At Salem, it was most unusual in that if people were able to confess or willing to confess, they were regarded as having to some extent expiated their crime, and the court looked more favorably upon them. Whereas those who held resolutely to a not guilty plea, were much more likely to be hanged when they were found guilty. And that's very, very unusual, and very poignant situation, because it means that the most brave and honorable people are those who die.’"

Sounds like Cancel Culture


Salem witch trials podcast, episode 7: Quarrelsome neighbours & family tensions | History Extra

 "‘Most of us have had to deal with a difficult neighbor at some point in our life. But in a town like Salem, where your daily survival was dependent on those you lived with, community tensions could run far deeper than noise complaints or the height of hedges. We spoke in an earlier episode about how Salem felt under threat from the wider world. Terror and paranoia generated by attacks from Native Americans, neighboring French Catholics and an unforgiving environment. But today, we'll be exploring how there were also tensions within Salem was made up of a dense web of social connections, not all of which were harmonious. In fact, it was a community Riven with fault lines that threatened to open up into great chasms of conflict. Could tensions between members of the community help explain who was accused of demonic activity? And by who?’...

'If the community comes down on somebody, it's not so much because they're magical, or because they're charismatic or they're intelligent. It's because they don't fit in. They're the neighbors from hell. They're the people who curse. They're the people who are ill tempered, or the people who seem malevolent. The roots of witch hunting ultimately, is interpersonal antagonism. It’s neighbors falling out with each other. It's people not fitting into communities because they scare the community. And given the fact that humans have real trouble across the world, in dealing with capricious fortune. In other words, very few humans like to believe that anything's just bad luck. There has to be a meaning for it. Blaming a neighbor is one of the standard human tactics for coping... Witch hunting is concentrated in the more small enclosed community, simply because those communities depend upon very intimate face to face relationships. They simply live closer together with fewer people. And they depend on each other. And so there's this kind of circuit system or web of relationships. And wherever they goes, right, the communities work. But when something goes wrong, the entire community is affected. That's why witch hunting, unless it's driven from above, by a ruler is very rare in towns and cities'...

‘In a number of cases, people are being accused because they're known to the community as people who are not living well in puritan terms, there's, there's something wrong in their lives. Maybe they stand out for those reasons. But in other cases, people seem to have been quite mainstream. Rebecca Nurse, for example. You know, she's, she's a church member. She's a godly woman. She's an older woman, she's in her 70s. By the time she's accused of witchcraft, nobody really has a bad word say about Rebecca Nurse. And it's not really clear why she gets accused so I think you have to look at a range of factors in each case’"


Salem witch trials podcast, episode 8: Willful, weak-minded women? | History Extra

"‘Something that we can't get away from when we're looking for explanations for the Salem case is gender. 14 of the 19 people who were hanged for witchcraft in 1692 were women. So could their gender or perhaps their transgression of what was expected from their gender, be part of the reason they were targeted? But as with everything in the Salem case, things are more complicated than they first appear. As I just said, 14 of the 19 people hanged for witchcraft were women. The other five, were men'...

‘According to Professor Ronald Hutton, historians have debated the gendered aspects of witch hunting for decades. And as it turns out, the idea of witch hunting being synonymous with woman hunting doesn't quite add up’

‘In the 1970s and 1980s, the hypothesis was put forward quite plausibly then that this was woman hunting. In other words, it was a mechanism used by a male dominated society to terrify and subdue women, and to take out more independent minded and to men more troubling women. This has bitten the dust in the 90s, in the 2000s, with better research,’

‘And despite what you might assume, if we look at a broader span of witch accusations beyond Salem, women haven't always been viewed as the primary creators of dark magic.’

‘It turns out that across the world, you find societies that fear what Europeans call witchcraft, but the gendering is pretty arbitrary. In some world societies witches are always women, in some they're always men. In some, they're always children, in some they're always elderly. In some, they're always the poor, in some they're always the rich. And in ancient Europe, there was a strong association in most places between women, and magic. In other words, most Europeans from ancient times onwards, have thought of women as the more magical sex, more talented in magic, and more able to deploy it spontaneously. But in bits of Europe that didn't have that belief, traditionally, when the Early Modern witch hunts arrived, the victims are predominantly men. So in Iceland, which has a vicious witch hunt, 93% of the victims are male, because in Iceland, magic was worked with runes, and they were largely the preserve of men. In Finland and the Baltic states, men were initially at least, before authorities from outside took over, the main victims, because those areas had a tradition of shamanism. Of experts who communicated and tranced with spirits to work magic, and they were mostly male. In Normandy, it was shepherds who were persecuted as witches because they were thought of as the magical people. In Austria it was vagrants. And again, they're mostly men. You put that lot together, it's quite a lot of Europe, in which men rather than women are persecuted as witches, but still across most of Europe, it's women. It's really a question of inherited tradition about who's the more magical sex rather than misogynism as such, because societies like Iceland and Finland had just the same kinds of religion, gender relations and political and social structures, as societies in Europe, which hunted women.’...

'Very often, if you look at the accused witch’s family tree, she comes from a family of witches, or accused witches... we do find a number of people among the accused who seemed to be the model of virtuous, older womanhood… if they're older, if they're past childbearing age, then they fit the typical accused, the profile of the accused in New England and that many of the women who are accused witches in New England are grandmothers. And remember, being a grandmother in New England would happen at a somewhat earlier age. But these are women who are no longer looking forward to lives as producers of children, that part of their life has passed'...

‘If you look at the testimony against Bridget Bishop, you notice something rather remarkable, which is that some of the men who will testify against her and one of them in particular says she visited him in his bed at night. And in a very classic way, you know, basically presses the breath out of his very lungs because she's lying on him so heavily. Those men tend to remember very clearly what she was wearing in church for the previous month, they've clearly been looking at Bridget Bishop a lot. And it's very difficult not to get the sense that this is a woman who on some level represents temptation to them, which points up another aspect of who gets accused, which is that it can be, I mean, Bridget Bishop’s case, no one ever comes out and says she was good looking or she was fair faced. There's no allusion to that whatsoever. But she has clearly somehow planted herself in these men's imaginations. And she is typical, or she points to a trend here, which is that if you are a woman who walked around with a book in your pocket, if you are a woman who came in from the rain and somehow didn't look bedraggled and wet, if you are a woman who made exceptionally good cheese, your chances of getting accused were greater. There's almost a bifurcation here where the powerless members of the community, like the first three women named are accused, and the women who are on some level, intelligent are also suspect.’...
‘I saw her in the street and I couldn't stop thinking about her all day. That's because she put a spell on me.’

‘You only need to think about how a beautiful woman might be called bewitching and you can see how ingrained this connection is. The link between witchcraft and women's sexuality is one that goes back a long way. Witchcraft accusations in early modern Europe were rife with sexual imagery, especially the recurring idea of witches copulating with the devil, but what's interesting is that the accusations at Salem don't seem to have been so explicitly sexual in nature.’...

‘You don't get the kind of stories that are told of witches on the European continent about casting an eye on some godly man and forcing him to leave his wife or even, they’re even accused of penis theft in early modern Germany and Austria… It is quite interesting the the parts of witchcraft belief from Europe that travel across the Atlantic and those that don't. And the sexual aspect isn't nearly so important to the Puritans, they seem a lot more buttoned up about sexuality generally.’...

‘Thinking about Salem through the preoccupations that we have now can be quite misleading. So we think about gender a lot in contemporary society’ "

Salem witch trials podcast, episode 9: conclusion | History Extra

"‘Because people have found events that Salem so hard to understand, they've often rooted around for an easy solution, a quick fix explanation for people having fits or experiencing visions. Let me give you an example of one of these quick fix ideas - that the villagers were suffering from ergot poisoning… The historians I spoke to were quick to caution against investing too much in simple solutions like this.’...

‘Problem is that it really can't explain why it takes the forms that it does. You know, why would you accuse people of witchcraft? In that setting? You wouldn't necessarily unless you already had a culture, which expected to find witches, or religious explanations seems a lot more likely there. I don't really believe that ergot poisoning is the source of all of these problems. I think it's more to do with cultural expectations. With people imagining the devil is trying to get into the community rather than hallucinogenic substances.’...

‘I'm very wary of any attempts at retrospective diagnoses. One because it's predicated on the idea that there must be something wrong with those people. Terms like hysteria and crazy, you know, explicitly say, they're mad, almost, you know, to believe in that. And why would, why would they be mad? You know, that's the wrong starting point. They weren't mad at all, everything they talked about made sense to them, and the culture that they lived in. But the idea that you talked about the whole episode, and say, that could only have happened because people had ingested ergot, you know, poisoning or caught lime disease, or whatever. That's to be honest, lacking in understanding of the nature of witchcraft belief.’...

‘As Marion Gibson explained, there's no one size fits all approach to this.’

‘So I think you have to look at a range of factors in each case. There isn't a lovely one size fits all for witches, you know. This person was a witch because they're difficult. Yeah, some of them are. But then on the other hand, this person is a witch because they're lovely? How does that work? And the thing is about these, these witchcraft stories, no one theory ever explains everything. There's always an exception. So yeah, it's about women, but some men were accused. Yes, maybe it's about ergot poisoning. But surely the religious context is important, too. I don't think you can ever have a simple explanation for why people are accused of witchcraft.’…

‘I think that it's very hard for us to figure out who's telling, who's recycling an old grudge. Who's trying to explain why he can't find the kitchen scissors. Who's trying to wreak revenge on his neighbor for a long held, in several cases, generations long controversy. And who actually has just basically been a victim of the power of suggestibility.’...

‘While all of these factors were undoubtedly significant in triggering the trials and helping them to escalate, I don't think that any of them adequately answer one key question. Why a witch trial? Why, rather than just straightforward community infighting, did Salem believe itself to be afflicted by a supernatural evil? If there was one factor that all the experts I spoke to reiterated again and again, it was the strength and power of belief in witchcraft. And I think that's something that really lies at the heart of why the Salem Witch Trials happened. Tied into the Puritan mindset, these beliefs offered an outlet for community pressure, and shaped the nature of accusations. Stories of unspeakable acts, a malign force working to destroy the community from within. And the looming threat of eternal damnation generated a raw fear that fueled the crisis forward. This allows us to see how apparently unexplainable events could make sense.’...

‘Salem can sometimes be seen as a model of how a irrational set of beliefs leads to something horrific. And that is an old sort of 18th, 19th century view of witchcraft… But when you put Salem in the context of the intellectual, social, cultural world, both elite, popular, however you want to put it, of the 17th century, then witchcraft made perfect sense. It was rational, I think this is really a really important point. Although it's, you know, often described as hysteria, very problematic term in its own right. You know, or craze, also problematic, it's not madness. This isn't insanity, at all. It makes absolute cold, clear sense.’...

‘When that many people are executed. And on top of that the amount of bitterness, the nastiness, the anger, the insinuations, the accusations, how does a community recover from that, and I find that in one sense more fascinating than the trial themselves. That's where actually less research gets done in witchcraft studies, and that's not just a matter of Salem, that’s elsewhere.’...

‘Everyone's willing to believe that they have, indeed, condemned innocents, that they have indeed hanged innocents. But no one's willing entirely to let go of the idea of witchcraft for some time still. So the feeling is, there was witchcraft at work, maybe we just overreacted. Maybe we just, you know, hanged the wrong people. But the fundamental belief will endure.’

‘And according to Owen Davies, witchcraft, beliefs didn't disappear in America after Salem, in fact, far from it.’...

‘The floodgates open when you get into the second half of the 19th century in particular. Hundreds of 1000s, millions of people from across Europe from across the globe, all bringing their cultures, their beliefs with them. So in one sense, you actually get a reinvigoration, if anything of witchcraft… multicultural set of beliefs as well, of course, because Native Americans believe in witches as well, and Native Americans have their own purges of suspected witches in their society into the 19th century as well. And then obviously, you have the the African American population as well.’"

Links - 25th May 2022 (1 - Trans Mania: Dave Chappelle and Netflix)

Transgender activists urge Netflix to pull Dave Chappelle's new comedy special | Toronto Sun - "Despite the backlash, his new special has raced to the top five on Netflix’s list of the most popular films and series on the platform in the U.S."

Critics and fans hold drastically different opinions on the Dr. Fauci documentary, Chappelle Netflix special | The Post Millennial - "Critics have overwhelmingly praised the new documentary from National Geographic about Dr. Anthony Fauci, and overwhelmingly dissed the new Dave Chappelle special on Netflix, while fans appear to have the exact opposite conclusions. Released on Disney Plus on October 6, the documentary Fauci has garnered 98 percent positive reviews from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.  "Fauci isn't the cure for the common bio-doc, but it offers an entertaining and edifying overview of a life largely spent in public service," the review website states.  On the other hand, just 2 percent of audiences gave the documentary a positive score.  Chappelle's latest Netflix special The Closer, which was released last week, received a 43 percent from critics, but an overwhelmingly positive amount of responses from audiences, at 97 percent. While outlets like the CNN, Variety, and The New York Times have issued glowing reviews about the documentary, National Review film critic Armond White noted that "[National Geographic] dispenses with the old journalism rule of balance. It refuses to be thoroughly informative. Of more than 500 audience reviews, only 2% were positive."  The Closer received criticism for subject matter that touched on gender, sexuality, and race with NPR calling him out for using "white privilege.""
Not hewing to the liberal line makes one white

Is Dave Chappelle ‘using white privilege’? - "if black people can access and use ‘white privilege’, then those who want to make political points with this term need to realise they are in danger of rendering the concept nonsensical by applying it to a black comedian. Yet I think I understand the problem the left really has with The Closer and why they have roped in the white privilege thing, even though it makes no logical sense: Chappelle’s Netflix special has caused huge problems for the left’s current belief system. A black man saying things that go against scripture on trans issues means leftists have to acknowledge that one of the following things is true. Either the beliefs of some minority groups clash directly with those of other minority groups, causing one to have to engage in a sort of ranking of oppression which will throw up some uncomfortable ideas. Like yes, Black Lives Matter – but do Trans Lives Matter more, when push comes to shove? Or if you don’t like that idea, you can come to a liberal sensibility and realise that all people are just people, and that while things like white privilege do exist, viewing everyone as individuals with personal agency is the best way forward. But this idea is anathema to the current left, so that’s out. Not being able to concede to either of these theses, they are stuck.  In the end, all they can do is alight on the ridiculous idea that Dave Chappelle, a black American comedian, is somehow ‘using white privilege’ when he tells jokes about trans people. As if the spirit of ‘whiteness’ is invading his body while he is saying these things, or something equally absurd. This is to avoid the truth – that a section of the left wants to shut down and indeed damage the living of a black American man who was born with no real privilege at all."

Netflix Staff Apparently Unaware That Dave Chappelle's Comedy Special Would Include Jokes - "No one is safe from Chappelle's jokes—but also, everyone is safe from Chappelle's jokes, given that words don't directly cause harm, and that Chappelle is not uncaring or unfeeling... Lower-level employees took to crashing a company meeting of executives; media sites dishonestly declared that "Netflix Employee Who Criticized Dave Chappelle's Special Gets Suspended," neglecting to mention in the headline that it wasn't really the criticism that was the problem, but rather the unkosher practice of crashing leadership's meeting. (Many media outlets, from The Daily Beast to The Verge to NPR to The New York Times neglected to convey the appropriate nuance in their headlines.)...
'    With The Closer, we understand that the concern is not about offensive-to-some content but titles which could increase real world harm (such as further marginalizing already marginalized groups, hate, violence etc.) Last year, we heard similar concerns about 365 Days and violence against women. While some employees disagree, we have a strong belief that content on screen doesn't directly translate to real-world harm.      The strongest evidence to support this is that violence on screens has grown hugely over the last thirty years, especially with first party shooter games, and yet violent crime has fallen significantly in many countries. Adults can watch violence, assault and abuse – or enjoy shocking stand-up comedy – without it causing them to harm others. We are working hard to ensure marginalized communities aren't defined by a single story. So we have Sex Education, Orange is the New Black, Control Z, Hannah Gadsby and Dave Chappelle all on Netflix. Key to this is increasing diversity on the content team itself.'
With this, Sarandos delivered a decisive blow to the words-are-violence crowd...
  He tells us later on in the special that he's happy to have friends who are trans—provided they're not humorless—implying that he sees them as individuals, not as symbols or representatives of any one idea or thing. There's no categorical opposition to being friends with trans people expressed, not even once. (In fact, Dorman's story, which he tells right before closing out, wholly counters the idea that Chappelle has no heart for transgender people.)"

Dave Chappelle still making anti-LGBTQ jokes as Netflix employee resigns - "Two former Netflix employees who helped ignite a movement within the streaming service over anti-trans jokes in Dave Chappelle’s special, The Closer, have reportedly withdrawn a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that Netflix retaliated against them for speaking out.  In the complaint, filed in late October, Terra Field and B. Pagel-Minor alleged that Netflix took action against them “to quell [them] from speaking up about working conditions,” including voicing concerns about the “impact” Netflix’s content has on the LGBTQ community... “I resigned from Netflix yesterday,” Field wrote on Twitter alongside a link to her resignation letter... Last month, while inducting Jay-Z into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (in a ceremony that aired this past Saturday on HBO), only a few weeks after Netflix employees and trans allies staged a walkout to protest his special, Chappelle seemed to poke fun at the issue.  “I would like to apologize to — nah, I’m just fu**in’ with ya,” Chappelle said at the beginning of his speech."

Dave Chappelle Team Says No One From Netflix Asked for Meeting with Trans Employees - "Dave Chappelle's camp says no one from Netflix has approached Chapelle or his team about setting up a meeting or conversation ... which is the opposite of what the woman who organized the Netflix walkout claims... Ashlee Marie Preston says she invited Dave to come to the table to talk about the damage she and others believe he's inflicted on the LGBTQ+ community, but she said, "Dave chose not to show up.""

Meme - "The highlight of Dave Chappelle's "The Closer" was definitely these bitter white ladies stone-faced while everyone else was dying at the beet juice/feminist bit."

Meme - "Really hoping a trans person walks on stage and knocks Dave Chappelle the fuck out next. Or in the streets. Or at one of them city council meetings he goes to. Or anywhere, really."
"Jeez I was a bit on the fence until reading this. Chappell is right about you people."

Meme - "Dave Chappelle crossed the line with his last special! He doesn't understand humor like [dead liberal comedian that would be considered far right by today's standards]."

Facebook - "Dave Chapelle: Transphobia or Comedy? The trans community is trying to cancel Dave Chapelle for jokes but has NOTHING to say about his trans friend Daphne who committed s*icide less than a week after being dragged by the community for daring to defend him. The entire point of Chapelle's special was how vicious the LGBT community is toward people they disagree with, and their response proves he was right."

Family of trans woman who Dave Chapelle said was hounded to death slam woke mob trying to cancel him - "The family of a trans woman who Dave Chappelle said was hounded to death for defending his jokes in 2019 in a Netflix show have slammed the woke mob trying to cancel him, saying they do not know how much he did for her.  Daphne Dorman was 44 when she killed herself in 2019 after defending her friend Chappelle for jokes made during a Netflix special that year.  'When she did that, the trans community dragged that b**** through Twitter,' Chappelle told the audience in The Closer, his latest standup act on Netflix that has had many critics calling for him to be cancelled. 'For days, they was going in on her and she was on her own because she's funny,' he continued, hinting the harassment might have contributed to her suicide... Dorman, who began transitioning to a woman in 2014, was an up-and-coming comedian who opened a show for Chappelle... Her sister brushed off critics who have slammed Chappelle's transgender jokes, saying the comedian 'loved' Dorman and said people cannot demand that 'everyone see it your way'.  Meanwhile, Chappelle paid tribute to his 'beautiful' friend Dorman in his Netflix special, describing her as being part of his 'tribe', a word which is commonly used to mean being like someone's family.  The comedian praised Dorman for her sense of humour and her bravery, even revealing that he set up a trust fund for her daughter following Dorman's death, which he plans to personally hand over to her when she turns 21... Dorman drew criticism after defending Chappelle's show Sticks and Stones, which took jabs at gay and trans people, with tweet on August 28, 2019.  'Punching down requires you to consider yourself superior to another group,' she tweeted. '@DaveChappelle doesn't consider himself better than me in any way. He isn't punching up or punching down.  'He's punching lines. That's his job and he's a master of his craft.'"

Dave Chappelle is an 'LGBTQ ally,': family of late trans comedian

We Need the Shock of Dave Chappelle’s Comedy - WSJ - "Dave Chappelle has become something of an unlikely hero to conservative critics of our tightly constrained and vigilantly policed popular discourse. His willingness to use his stand-up comedy routine to make fun of some of the contemporary shibboleths of liberal orthodoxy—gay and transgender rights, the women’s movement and others—has earned him predictable opprobrium from much of the cultural elite. When he appeared on “Saturday Night Live” right after the 2016 election and punctured the funereal mood of the proceedings by urging the mourning viewers—and cast members—to give Donald Trump “a chance,” it was as if he were in a contest with Kanye West to audition for the part of most malevolent traitor to the black community... Mr. Chappelle is not some crusading right-wing, countercultural figure, tearing down the liberal establishment. He’s an equal-opportunity offender. His routine takes swipes at everyone—the hypocrisies, inconsistencies, absurdities and extremism in our culture.He is, in that sense, a true comic—one of extraordinary talent and sophistication. Maybe I’m offended by jokes about opioid abuse killing white people. But I can laugh at them and acknowledge that, yes, he has a right to make them. Comedy is vital to the ability of a society to examine and challenge itself. The Chappelle flap is further evidence of how boringly predictable so much of our modern popular culture has become. He shocks because he is the rare voice willing to question the vice-like grip of the liberal establishment on the vocabulary and syntax of popular discussion. But popular culture was once defined by its willingness to challenge. Artists, musicians, comedians and writers enriched us by delivering shocking affronts to the sensibilities of the people who laid down the rules of our society.Today’s performers mostly fall over each other to demonstrate new establishment bona fides. They may call themselves woke. They’re barely breathing"

James Lindsay on Twitter - "Knock Down House: Tomatometer 100%, Audience Score 35%
Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones: Tomatometer 29%, Audience Score 99%"
"There's a lesson here about living in an echo chamber. There's a further lesson here about why we should be very concerned when an echo chamber takes over vital institutions."
Naturally, I'm sure Russian bots are to blame

Unofficial Artist formally known as Diversity and Comics Yaboiposting - Posts - "Dave Chappelle said the one group you're never allowed to mock are the LGBT community"
"And they fought back by proving his point"

Defiant Dave Chappelle - "The “professionals” agreed — the special was trash, worthy of only a pathetic 33 percent critics’ score on Rotten Tomatoes.The low score really shouldn’t be surprising. After all, Chappelle was making jokes about untouchable subjects — such as race, the LGBT community, and school shootings. He literally said he didn’t believe Michael Jackson’s accusers... while the critics’ response might make you think that the people who watched it were so traumatized that they haven’t come out from under their beds since, the Rotten Tomatoes audience score tells a different story: People liked it. They liked it a lot. In fact, the audience score was a whopping 99 percent... In reality, the Problematic Police don’t represent the views of most of the country — no matter how much their shrill-shrieking tweets and buzzword-salad blog posts might be drowning out the more tempered views of Regular People. The truth is, out in the Real World, humor that isn’t afraid to push boundaries has always been popular. South Park (a show that has joked about subjects ranging from Mohammed to the Virgin Mary to Caitlyn Jenner to the death of Trayvon Martin) was just renewed through a 26th season. At the end of September, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia will begin its 14th season, even though the last one featured comedic episodes on topics that the Woke Warriors would certainly say you may not joke about, such as the transgender-bathroom debate and Me Too.There’s empirical evidence suggesting that the people who support extreme levels of political correctness are the ones who are, as Martin put it in his review of Chappelle’s special, “out of touch with today” — not the other way around. A study released last year by the international research initiative More in Common, titled “Hidden Tribes: A Study of America’s Polarized Landscape,” found that 80 percent of the population believes “political correctness is a problem in our country,” including 61 percent of traditional liberals. Like a beautiful but mean high-school bully after losing the Student Council election, the PC Police have learned they are not as popular as they thought they were. How, then, did they get so powerful? It’s simple: Cultural censorship through fear. The social-justice crowd has become the dominant voice on cultural affairs not because their views are actually the most popular, but because they are so good at silencing the others. For many Americans, the prospect of being called “racist,” “sexist,” “homophobic,” or otherwise “problematic” has become more terrifying than death itself. People are afraid of being “canceled”; the Thought Police know that. They don’t have to worry about finding silly things such as “logic” or “facts” to prop up their positions — they have a much easier route: your fear. They’re very, very good at it, too. They’ve somehow made it accepted that if you are, for example, a man, you may not comment on any accusation of sexism — even if, say, someone makes the claim that the word “too” is “sexist” and hurts women. (This actually happened a few years ago; the Huffington Post published a 1,200-word piece on it.) Similarly, if you are white, you can’t comment on any accusation of racism — even if, say, someone makes the claim that Lord of the Rings will have “dire consequences . . . for society” because the way it depicts the orcs will perpetuate racism. (This, too, actually happened; a sci-fi writer made that exact claim on the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast last year.) Effectively, you are automatically silenced on a whole host of issues just because of your identity — logic be damned... The PC mob rarely stops at calling someone “offensive.” No — it also wants anyone associated with anything it deems offensive to be cast out of the public square. It wants “offensive” people to be forbidden to speak on college campuses and even to be employed.It’s time for us to stop being afraid. Yes, racism and sexism are very real, very serious issues. But the truth is, a culture that accepts an obsession with baselessly, randomly declaring “racism” and “sexism” where they don’t exist just minimizes the real instances of it... the true examples of sexism can get lost when you have social-justice warriors screeching about how, say, the word “manhole” needs to be scrubbed out of city codes (as the city of Berkeley, Calif., announced it would do in July). Although the activists behind those sorts of movements might believe they’re helping women, the reality is that many people are going to hear that and think, “Gee, if that’s all women have to complain about, this sexism thing must not be as bad as people say it is.” The glaring irony is that the influence of social-justice militancy ends up actually hurting the very groups it purports to want to help. Worse, that impact is only one of many negatives of cultural censorship. An obvious one is that it makes it difficult for us to have real, open conversations — which is the only way for us ever to truly understand each other and come up with the best solutions to our problems... The PC obsession is also detrimental to comedy in particular. The problem with declaring certain tough or complicated subjects to be “taboo” or “off-limits” is that comedy is the only mechanism that’s capable of creating laughter or joy out of tough or complicated situations. I know this from experience: Comedy can heal like nothing else. For example, some people might say that jokes about death are “inappropriate” or “not okay,” but those sorts of jokes actually have helped me cope with my mother’s untimely, sudden death (which happened a little less than five years ago) more than anything else has... the only way for comedians to know if a joke is going to work or fail is by trying it — and we have to be careful to protect their license to try... Making comedians too afraid to tell a joke, any joke, could result in our missing out on some great humor. And for what? For the sake of not having to risk feeling uncomfortable for the brief time in our lives that we might choose to be at a comedy club, or watching a standup special on Netflix? I don’t think anyone with even a moderate level of emotional competence would call that a fair trade."

Dave Chappelle Punches Up - "Is Hannah Gadsby a rebel or is she the status quo? Probably both, but the media entities that promote her would like you to remain ignorant of the inconvenient fact that she has more cultural veto power than Dave Chappelle. If Gadsby were to go on social media and campaign against a comedian she finds “homophobic” or “transphobic,” she could count on support from the press and from influential activists like Roxane Gay, and her target would face near-inevitable cancellation.Dave Chappelle has no such veto power or capacity for that kind of political action. He’s a comedian; he is not an activist. Sure, he’s wealthier, more famous, and more respected in comedy clubs than Gadsby — but Chappelle cannot launch a takedown campaign that could threaten Gadsby’s social standing, while she could do it to him with relative ease. Chappelle is one homophobic or transphobic comment away from being boycotted by clubbable woke comedians. Which is why his comedy is a rather genius combination of nihilism and defensive maneuvering. This is how you know Dave Chappelle hasn’t actually said anything homophobic or transphobic—there would be no new Netflix special if he had... Currently, there’s a civil war in which one side thinks comedy has a responsibility to be a moralizing political tool for progressivism, and the other sees its goal as something more nihilistic: “punching up” against the uniform and coordinated efforts of the high priests of culture. For the ascendant woke minority who wield most of the cultural power — a group including Gadsby and her publicity machine — punching down is a patriarchal power-play. Sometimes, this is true — but certainly not in today’s show business where the oppressed have become the oppressors. And so it is in their best interest to ignore the appalling amount of power they possess by redirecting all the focus to the grotesque barbarism of Donald Trump. If “President Pussy-Grabber,” the politically incorrect person with the penis, has all the power, then the likes of Ms. Gadsby, etc., are the rebels —never mind that moralistic pedagogy is inherently in opposition to rebellion, especially in comedy. Historically, for generations, it was clear that “the establishment” in America was the Christian right or the WASP (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) majority who ran the publishing and TV networks. That’s who the comedian pelted from the 1960s onward. Those are the groups Bill Hicks targeted in the early nineties. But they no longer control the culture... Most of today’s entertainment and media moguls either subscribe to woke orthodoxy or at least conform to it under the watchful eye of internet monitors... Anyone who isn’t woke — or so massively famous as to be immune to most woke takedowns, except for #MeToo — is to some degree canceled in today’s American culture... because the people prefer Chappelle, the woke media take out their anger on their keyboards and punch down with blatant and hypocritical ageism: A comedian like Dave Chappelle — middle-aged, wealthy, straight, male, and uncancelable — has suddenly gone from a civil rights hero in comedy to a bitter old man who’s “dug in his heels” like Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino (2008). By the way, this reflexively ageist bullshit ignores the fact the George Carlin was in his comedic prime well into his sixties — and that some of his best bits at the time revolved around making fun of fashionable trends and the peculiar habits of the new generation. Nobody said he was “out of touch.” Dave Chappelle is suddenly ignorant, according to the new woke Playboy, when just two years ago he was a genius, according to a more Hefnerian Playboy. Because he’s someone who can’t be added to a blacklist or sent packing to the unemployment line like the rest of us, he must be problematized to the point where audiences can no longer talk about Dave Chappelle without feeling guilty or suspected of being a Trump supporter. Cancel culture may not extinguish him, but it can turn him into an “unlikable property” — an old Hollywood term for someone you don’t invite to red carpet events or auditions... VICE went so far as to say that Chappelle is a misogynist and a transphobe — apparently not realizing that he’s a comedian and that there’s no evidence to suggest he is misogynistic or transphobic in his day-to-day life. I recall the same lunacy from feminists who reviewed American Psycho and decided that the author, Bret Easton Ellis, was a misogynist because he wrote a novel about a misogynistic killer. Comedy is exaggeration and satire. It is not journalism. It is certainly not something you should fact-check or use to advance the discourse... For most Americans, Dave Chappelle is funny because he is ridiculing the shit we’re being told we can no longer ridicule. Chappelle is punching up because he’s voicing the feelings of people who have no voice, or blue checkmarks next to their names — and telling the foot soldiers of the woke media to simply kiss his black ass. This kind of cheeky nihilism is no longer acceptable in comedy. The comic must be idealistically progressive, or else they are “trolling,” which is a criticism The Root levied on Chappelle in a shameful attack on his intelligence."

Daphne Dorman on Twitter - "Punching down requires you to consider yourself superior to another group. @DaveChappelle doesn't consider himself better than me in any way. He isn't punching up or punching down. He's punching lines. That's his job and he's a master of his craft. #SticksAndStones #imthatdaphne""
SJWs are claiming that she killed herself because of Dave Chappelle, but that is to silence her own words
"So they're wanting to blame the death of a white woman on a black man? Seems the opposite of what they usually do."
This is a good example of how all the liberal talk of "punching down" and "power relations" is just racism/whatever-ism - the soft bigotry of low expectations, if you like

Steven Crowder on Twitter - "Need to understand the controversy around Chappelle’s new special? It’s simple. “Cancel culture” is just another way for the talentless to attack the exceptional."

Escape The Echo Chamber - Posts | Facebook - "In Dave Chappelle’s new special he made a point that was either missed or ignored by his critics. He brought up the recent cancellation of rapper DaBaby for making homophobic comments at a concert. There were no protests over his having shot and killed a man in a Walmart.  Jon Gruden was cancelled this week over years of making inappropriate racial and sexual comments in private conversation. Yet, there are football players still collecting checks who have physically assaulted in their personal lives.  Comments like this are inevitably framed by activists as minimizing hateful speech. The point is that society’s priorities are inside down. Saying or believing the wrong thing has more social consequence than physically assaulting another human being.  That’s upside down thinking."

Jokes aren't funny according to CBC comedy 'experts' who slam Chappelle's latest special | The Post Millennial - "CBC News has informed a gracious and receptive Canada that "Trans people shouldn't be 'fodder' for comedy," according to "experts" who responded to Dave Chappelle's newest Netflix special. This was according to the comedy "experts" at the state broadcaster. These experts consisted of the incomparably amusing Courtney Skye at the world-famous Yellowhead Institute and the "artist and scholar" Syrus Marcus Ware.  CBC viewers can feel safe in the knowledge that these two experts know more about comedy than, say, Dave Chapelle, or the millions of people who watch his specials... Skye's expert, comedic credentials amount to "I used to do stand-up in Toronto, briefly." Skye said "I don't think I laughed during the entire special."... As to artistic freedom, Ware said that artists have responsibilities for the work they "put out into the world. And if the work I'm creating is doing something negative in society or sort of contributing to harm, I might want to reorient or course correct a little bit and rethink about my purpose and my goal. I think as artists we are very, we take on particular roles in society and we have a voice."  For Ware and Skye, this responsibility to say the right thing is more important than anything else. "Artists are potential catalysts for revolutionary change," Ware said. Ware suggested that Chappelle "make a joke about how ridiculous transphobia is, in a way that helps to transform the conditions to transphobia doesn't exist anymore in our society. Now that's a joke I want to laugh at, that's a joke I want to see."  Skye said that Chappelle's jokes are a basically a betrayal of the form of stand-up comedy itself. "We need to little bit of aware of who we're criticizing and what standard we're holding them to."  Before the CBC interviewed these comedy experts, they made sure to warn their viewers that "this conversation may be difficult for some." One may note that the CBC doesn't seem to offer these trigger warnings to international conflicts or global pandemics."

Facebook - "Can you believe that Dave Chapelle referenced so called “space Jews”? So offensive!  Anyway, where was I… From the river to the sea! Boycott jewish products according to a double standard we don’t impose on anyone else!  I am a very progressive person, please donate to my Patreon, thanks. "

Chappelle plays sold-out show in the middle of being 'canceled' over Netflix special
Why no one should listen to a few hateful, ignorant people on Twitter. They're a small insignificant minority and making business decisions based on their demands (when they won't even consume your product anyway) is a losing proposition

'Unfunny' comedian Hannah Gadsby tries to gain relevance by bashing Dave Chappelle | The Post Millennial - "As the pushback from the left over comedy icon Dave Chappelle's latest Netflix special rages on, "unfunny" comedian Hannah Gadsby gave her two cents in what was seen by many as a desperate plea for attention... Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos defended the streaming service's decision to keep Dave Chappelle's latest special up amid calls from the left to take it down. He noted that Netflix is "working hard to ensure marginalized communities aren't defined by a single story"... "So we have 'Sex Education,' 'Orange Is The New Black,' 'Control Z,' Hannah Gadsby and Dave Chappelle all on Netflix," the Netflix executive continued. "Key to this is increasing diversity on the content team itself."  Not one to let a good controversy go to waste, Gadsby jumped in to bash Chappelle and the Netflix co-CEO.  "Hey Ted Sarandos! Just a quick note to let you know that I would prefer if you didn’t drag my name into your mess," she said. "Now I have to deal with even more of the hate and anger that Dave Chappelle’s fans like to unleash on me every time Dave gets 20 million dollars to process his emotionally stunted partial world view." She went on to suggest that Netflix hadn't paid her enough to deal with "consequences of hate speech" and "dog whistling" in her Netflix specials "Nanette" and "Douglas."... Gadsby's Netflix specials were adored by critics, but received quite awful reviews from regular viewers. "This 'entertainment' ranks up there with a visit to the dentist," writes one reviewer. Even the best audience reviews change the definition of what makes a comedy special good. "The genius of this show is not in its comedy," they write, "it's in the transition that you don't even register has happened until it's over." One audience member in March called Gadby "Completely unfunny," telling viewers: "Don't waste your time." Another one-star commentator voiced similar sentiments: "Unfunny observations, endlessly.  Gadsby, who has been described as angry and bitter, is no stranger to controversial statements. Back in 2019, she said she thinks women are weak, and thus men should be, too."

Hannah Gadsby fans slam Dave Chappelle for saying she's not funny

Protesters destroy a man's "We like Dave" sign at the Netflix walkout

Raphael Bob-Waksberg on Twitter - "Still mystified that apparently Dave Chapelle’s deal is that he says whatever he wants and Netflix just has to air it, unedited. Is that normal, for comedians? Because Netflix once asked me to change a joke because they were worried it might upset David Fincher."

Activist behind Netflix walkout has made several racist and anti-gay tweets - "Ashlee Marie Preston, the activist behind the ‘Team Trans’ Netflix walkout over the Dave Chappelle comedy special, has made a series of problematic tweets in the past. Screenshots of tweets she has made in the past have gone viral that reveal a deep-seated hatred towards Asians and homosexuals... Ashlee Marie Preston has served as a campaign surrogate for Elizabeth Warren during the latter’s presidential campaign in 2020. It was then that her past tweets had first surfaced, for which she issued an apology. Preston blamed her substance abuse for the tweets"

Wil Wheaton Loses It Over Chappelle Being at Netflix Fest - “Every single comedian who is on this bill should withdraw unless and until this despicable bigot is uninvited.”

Life Goes On For Chappelle, Netflix, As 2 More Trans Women Killed - "  So far, there’s been no response from Netflix to demands by its transgender employees, to invest in trans creators and to change its internal policies on commissioning potentially harmful content. Sarandos has walked back previous claims that “content on screen doesn’t directly translate to real-world harm.” For his part, Chappelle has said he’d be willing to meet with trans employees at Netflix, under certain bizarre conditions:  "First of all, you cannot come if you have not watched my special from beginning to end," he said in a video posted last week to Instagram. "You must come to a place of my choosing, at a time of my choosing. And thirdly, you must admit that Hannah Gadsby is not funny.""
Wow. I didn't know Chappelle was so powerful!

Trans Netflix Employee Who Criticized Dave Chappelle Suspended - "Netflix has suspended three employees for crashing a meeting of its top executives, including an out trans person who criticized a new comedy special from Dave Chappelle... Terra Field, a senior software engineer based in San Francisco, was among those suspended late last week for attending the “QBR” — Netflix’s quarterly business review, a two-day affair that convenes the top 500 employees at the company."

Terra Field, trans employee who criticised Netflix for releasing Dave Chappelle special, resigns - "The Netflix employee who criticised the streaming giant’s decision to release Dave Chappelle’s controversial comedy special The Closer has resigned.  Netflix software engineer Terra Field tweeted a copy of her resignation letter... Field and Pagels-Minor have also withdrawn an unfair labour practice charge against Netflix for allegedly retaliating against them for organising the trans employee walkout."

Netflix fires employee amidst tensions over Dave Chappelle's latest special - "the employee leaked "confidential, commercially sensitive information" that eventually ended up in a Bloomberg article. The data showed that the notoriously tight-lipped company spent $24.1 million on Chappelle's special. By comparison, Netflix reportedly spent $21.4 million on the hit series Squid Game and $3.9 million for Bo Burnham's Inside. According to Bloomberg, the leaked data showed that Chappelle's 2019 special Sticks & Stones performed worse on an "efficiency" scale than Inside."

Here's a mob of woke white leftist cultists destroying a dude's sign and screaming at him for saying he likes Dave Chappelle and "jokes are funny" - "As he continues laughing at the woke cultists (the appropriate response in all situations), some woman yells "REPENT, MOTHERF***ER!!" at the top of her lungs... By the way, Dave Chappelle predicted all this in the very comedy special these loons are protesting"
The guy was black too

Dave Chappelle Refuses to Cave to 2SLGBTQQIA+ Cancel Mob: 'F**k Twitter. F**k NBC News, ABC News'

Comedian Patton Oswalt Apologizes For Posting Picture With Dave Chappelle - "Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt groveled to a mob after he came under fire for posting a photo Saturday with colleague and long-time friend Dave Chappelle... Oswalt has arguably made more headlines for his political rants on Twitter than his comedy routines in recent years. As The Daily Wire reported, he has frequently sounded off on former President Donald Trump and his supporters and mocked pro-life centers.  In 2019, he joined an online mob himself, attacking the students from Covington Catholic over erroneous reports that they ridiculed an elderly Native American man during a D.C. field trip. When it was revealed that the reports were incorrect, Oswalt deleted a thread he retweeted that revealed personal information about teen Nicholas Sandmann. He also posted a photo of Sandmann alongside the comment, “THIS leering, privileged little sh**” and called the Covington students a “horde of bland, frightened, forgettable kids who’ll grow up to be bland, frightened, forgotten adult wastes.”  He has never apologized for these posts"
Dave Chappelle Apologizes For Photograph With Unfunny Friend Patton Oswalt | The Babylon Bee

Adam Zivo: Dave Chappelle's sin was to deny white, woke activists their saviourhood - "Chappelle talks about getting into an argument with a gay man at a bar, only for the gay man to threaten to call the police — to which Chappelle comments, “Gay people are minorities, until they need to be white again.”  These quotes encapsulate the main themes of the show — the LGBTQ community is predominantly white, has done better than the black community and, by obsessing with its own victimization, often overlooks black struggles. This is not groundbreaking commentary. Ironically, discussions of racism within the LGBTQ community are popular in woke circles — so why does it suddenly become inappropriate when brought up by Chappelle? Wokeness dictates that all marginalized groups are allies in a grand war against the powerful. While this may be coherent in a loose, abstract way, in practice every marginalized group has its own set of interests and values, which often clash. When they conflict with each other, it throws wokeness into ideological disarray.  LGBTQ racism is easy for wokeness to criticize because woke spaces are frequently dominated by shrill white people who are obsessively anxious about their own moral purity, which translates into a neurotic fear of appearing racist. This is widely noted by black centrists and conservatives, such as The Atlantic’s John McWhorter, who find white wokeness unbearably patronizing. It situates black people as eternal victims who can only be saved by fixing vaguely-defined structural factors, which, incidentally, white people control — such that, once again, agency is concentrated in white hands (except now this power is sanctified by a saviour complex).  With this in mind, it seems that Chappelle’s sin is that he criticizes LGBTQ racism in a politically incorrect style that denies wokes the pleasure of saviourhood. When discussing racism, wokes often theatrically condemn their own whiteness, but Chappelle’s racial grievances point to LGBTQ activist culture, not just whiteness, as a culprit. As wokes can’t disassociate from being LGBTQ like they can from being white, they don’t know how to respond. When Chappelle argues that black issues are sidelined by the narcissistic “brittleness” of today’s LGBTQ activists (as opposed to the older and tougher “Stonewall gays,” who Chappelle praises), it leaves these activists speechless. However, woke LGBTQ people are perfectly fine with black grievances (whether legitimate or not) when carefully articulated by the woke black intelligentsia — a common ideology and lexicon makes things familiar and unthreatening. But the woke are only one faction of the black community, so what happens when other black voices speak up?  Oftentimes, they are ignored. For example, many African politicos view LGBTQ activism as a western construct imperialistically imposed upon them — and LGBTQ commentators respond by condescendingly saying these politicos, lacking intellectual agency, are just being duped by residual colonialism.  In Canada, visible minorities are less supportive of LGBTQ rights — a 2019 Research Co. poll found that 71 per cent of European-Canadians support same sex marriage, but only approximately 45 per cent of racialized Canadians do. LGBTQ activists largely ignore this, preferring to uphold their own fetishized ideal of minority communities. In 2019, a pastor held an anti-LGBTQ “Christian positivity rally” in Toronto — I checked it out and publicly debated the pastor on his views. What I’ll never forget is how a predominantly white crowd (pro-LGBTQ counter-protestors) spent the day screaming that a predominantly racialized crowd (the evangelicals) was filled with “white supremacists.”  Chappelle has spent his career fighting against racism through accessible comedy that dispenses with elite jargon, and, in doing so, he’s recently undermined wokeism’s cultural monopoly on discussing LGBTQ-black conflict. Given high ratings, his message evidently resonates with people, however messy and occasionally offensive it is... There are obviously communication gaps between LGBTQ communities and black communities that haven’t been adequately addressed. Rather than shooting the messenger, I see a useful roadmap for how LGBTQ activists can improve"

Comedian Dave Chappelle attacked on stage at Hollywood Bowl - "The attack occurred just over a month after actor Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars, an unprecedented incident at the globally televised event that prompted concerns that performers might face copycat assaults...  Rock, who had performed there earlier in the evening, joined Chappelle on stage moments after it took place and joked: "Was that Will Smith?""
Alleged Dave Chappelle attacker Isaiah Lee booked for felony assault - "“The comedian had literally just said he now has more security because of all the uproar from his jokes about the trans community,” she said — explaining why Chappelle’s first quip after the attacker was that it must be “a trans man.”"

Dave Chappelle's attacker speaks for first time: says he was 'triggered' by the comedian's jokes - "'I identify as bisexual and I wanted him to know what he said was triggering,' Lee said Saturday at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles.  'I wanted him to know that next time, he should consider first running his material by people it could affect.' He said he was excited to see Chappelle's show, being recorded live for Netflix, but grew increasingly angry at the content.   He had been homeless before, and said the jokes made him emotional and upset... Asked about reports that he suffers from mental health issues, Lee said they were 'wrong' and 'inaccurate.'... Gascon's office - which is famously in favor of low-or-no-cash-bonds - chose not to pursue the most serious line of punishment over the concealed weapon... When announcing the charges, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer seemed to issue a veiled criticism of the DA, saying: 'My office takes protecting public safety extremely seriously.'"
Liberal excesses have consequences
Too bad they can't blame "white supremacy" for motivating the attacker (or can they? Then again, they already blame Chappelle for his "white supremacy", so this is "punching up")

Dave Chappelle attack: Gascón's office declines to file felony charges against armed suspect - "No felony charges will be filed against the suspect who tackled Dave Chappelle onstage at the Hollywood Bowl Tuesday, the office of Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced"

"The way that you can tell who holds power in society is by who you can't make fun of": Here's Seth Dillon on Tucker speaking some truth

Netflix Co-CEO Says He ‘Screwed Up’ When Defending Dave Chappelle Special - WSJ
This was before they posted the bad news about subscriber numbers and realised woke was a losing strategy

2SLGBTQQIA+ Netflix Employees Release List of Demands: More 'Trans and Non-Binary' Shows and Executives - "Chief among their demands was the creation of a monetary fund to invest in “trans and non-binary” talent and content in order to create parity with the company’s “total investment in transphobic content” — another indirect reference to The Closer.  The letter also demanded Netflix “hire trans and non-binary content executives, especially BIPOC, in leading positions.”  Activists said Netflix must also “acknowledge the harm” that its “transphobic content” has caused, especially “to the Black trans community.”  Other demands included greater promotion of “trans-affirming titles,” as well as trigger warnings in front of “transphobic titles” in order to flag what they called transphobic language, misogyny, homophobia, and “hate speech.”"

Rose McGowan Torches 'Whiny' Transgender Netflix Protestors: 'Piss Off You Brats. Enough of Your Fake Activism' - "The actress accused Netflix executives of being “stooges” of the Department of Justice and the CIA, citing the streamer’s decision to release a “fake documentary” about Julian Assange.  The documentary in question appears to be We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks...   The organizer of the rally in support of the transgender Netflix employees has targeted comedian Dave Chappelle with a racist taunt, demanding to talk to “his master” Wednesday outside Netflix offices in Hollywood."

Why I showed up at Netflix to support Dave Chappelle - "Vito Gesualdi: I heard that Netflix employees were planning a walkout. They said the Chappelle special was bigoted against transgender people. I saw the special and I disagreed. I am also a comedian. Comedy is my livelihood. So I felt it was necessary to show up and represent the other side – the side that says comedy is an important part of life and the American experience, and that just because some people are offended that is not a good reason to clamp down on free speech... We had brought signs with us that had slogans on them that we thought were absurd, because we thought that this protest was absurd. They said things like ‘We like Dave’ and ‘We like jokes’. The idea that these very basic, frankly stupid statements were controversial was funny in itself... One of the protesters grabbed my ‘We like Dave’ sign and decided it was his job to smash it to pieces. Not only that, but after he had finished destroying my sign, and I was left holding a broken stick to which the sign was previously attached, he yelled out, ‘He’s got a weapon!’. We later learned that the guy who broke my sign was actually a comedy writer. To me, this is the greatest of ironies – that a man who calls himself a comedy writer is stomping all over a sign that says ‘Jokes are funny’. After I had my sign destroyed, and with the crowd pushing me backwards, one woman decided it was her job to exorcise the demons from my bigoted heart. This woman stepped forward bravely with her tambourine of truth and began violently shaking it in my face while screaming ‘repent, motherfucker!’ at the top of her lungs... The comedy writer moved in and tried to rip Dick’s sign away from him. Dick held on to his sign tightly. The crowd started wrongfully accusing Dick of trying to choke someone. At that point, a masked Antifa goon charged in and shoved Dick into a concrete planter. He sustained a serious head wound... Unfortunately for me, I am a big, bearded white guy, which seems to fit into some preconceived notions about what a bigot looks like. At the protest I had a big smile on my face the whole time, but Variety managed to find the one moment where I looked like a scary, yelling psychopath. And that was the narrative it pushed forward. Variety said I was pushing against protesters, but if you watch the footage they were breaking my property and shoving me back. The Associated Press said I was shouting profanities when really I just yelled stuff like ‘I love Dave Chappelle’. It said the protesters were peaceful when they broke my stuff and shoved my friend’s head into a rock. It was a very illuminating experience, showing the bias in the press."

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