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RIGHT NOW at NRN w/Martina Markota: Sees Through the SJW Mindset When it Comes to Dave Chappelle’s “Sticks and Stones” and Beyond
Dave Chappelle’s newest comedy special, “Sticks and Stones” is full of un-PC humor. Sixty-five minutes of snowflake-melting commentary on outrage-culture and it’s inability to take a joke. In a country where you might be out of a job for someone getting offended by your actions 10, 20 even 30 or more years ago, it’s a sin to tell uncomfortable truths. But leave it to Dave Chappelle and really any comedian who is alright with making jokes that offend people. Dave Chappelle is legitimately and equal opportunity offender! And for what it’s worth, he’s a breath of fresh air. Especially in his special on Netflix, he does not back down on anyone. He goes after everyone and comments on everyone. Martina Markota stopped by NRN’s podcast to give her thoughts on the newest Dave Chappelle special among other SJW outrage moments.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row column_type=”block” font_color=”light” background_type=”video” video_bg_url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ihr69bMG6RE” video_bg_start_time=”139″ video_bg_end_time=”900″ video_bg_parallax=”true” add_overlay=”yes” overlay_opacity=”20″ bt_text=”CULTURE” bt_font_weight=”300″ bt_font_style=”italic” shift_y=”0″ z_index=”0″ add_bigtext=”true” min_height=”100″ bt_max_width=”300″][vc_column][wvc_video_opener caption_position=”bottom” video_url=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ihr69bMG6RE” caption=”Art & Culture Spotlight | Interview with MARTINA MARKOTA”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A line worth noting in the Chappelle special is when one part (spoiler alert) he was told he wasn’t supposed to say the word that rhymes with “maggot” in reference to the LGBTQ+ crowd or as he calls them, “The Alphabet People.” So he goes back to the Censor lady and says, “Why is I can say ‘n******’ but not ‘MAGGOT’!” to which she responds, “Because David you’re not gay.” He retorts, “Alright, but I’m not a ‘n*****’ neither!” And it is these one liners that makes the show so funny! So funny that it captured the attention of the uber offended journo-activists like Slate, Vice, Huffington Post, Vox, and other such outlets who all gave this special a less than stellar rating. The Vice article even tells their readers to skip it because of the “misogyny,” “racism,” and “outdated humor” that’s rampant in the special. But if these folks are offended by Chappelle, then you know it’s a banger!
Fans of Dave Chappelle’s latest Netflix special hit back in awarding it with a 99% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes after it was given a zero by its culture critics because of its controversial jokes.
The hour-long stand-up comedy special, “Sticks & Stones” was slammed for its insensitive jokes about Me Too movement, the LGBTQ community, R Kelly and Michael Jackson’s pedophilia. However, Rotten Tomatoes upgraded the critics score from zero to 17 and then to 29%, Tuesday, and unveiled Chappelle’s special had received a 99% audience score, a rarity. The extreme contrast between critics and regular viewers is unheard of and shows the huge divide among the general public and the cultural media elites.
“They may have laughed like hell at that, and then they went home and they know what they have to write to keep their job. So when I read TV reviews or cultural reviews, I think of someone in prison, writing. I think about somebody writing a hostage note. This is not what they think. This is what they have to do to keep their job in a social media world. So I don’t hold it against them.” said Matt Stone, South Park creator.
In days past, if you disliked a certain comedian’s humor, you just didn’t watch. Now “cancellation culture” seeks to strip people of their livelihoods practically for daring to offend them. Various people have noted this change, and America seems the worse for it. Instead of scaling back their outrage at things most people seem to not worry about, the excuse given is that most people just aren’t properly educated. This smacks of desires to put people in re-education camps or mental treatment facilities. Very Soviet thinking is the hallmark of the leftists in Hollywood.
Every Issue is a Potential Landmine Now
All comedians, beginners at stand-up amateur nights to seasoned jokesters in Las Vegas, now have to guess what material is “acceptable.” People might laugh at the jokes, but the reviewer is likely to take no chances if there is even the hint of what the media bosses think is racist, sexist, or supportive of the president in any way. This leads to an environment similar to clubs in Berlin in the late 30s. You knew instinctively, if not directly warned, that if you make fun of the wrong topics you would get a visit by the Gestapo. Careers were often ended, at least there. Some people “disappeared.”
The difference seems to be this intimidation is not directed by the government in power, but the Mainstream Media along with approval of the previous administration and the minority party, a first. The polarization in this country is reaching levels not seen since the Civil War or at least the turn of the last century. The rancor was among factions within the Republican Party back then. They got so bad that previous President, Theodore Roosevelt, started his own Party, the “Bullmoose Party” and ran again, unsuccessfully. If people don’t find common ground or at least a better level of tolerance of opposing views, America will get closer to an Uncivil War and a breakup.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][wvc_audio_embed link=”https://open.spotify.com/episode/34dsQ2GNfkGneNOBDiMkO6″][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
Netflix is Really Wokeflix: Comedy is Dead
If you have a Netflix subscription, you know that they used to be a DVD subscription service. You chose the plan to pay per month and in turn chose however many DVDs you want for that month and send them back. Then streaming became all the rage, and in turn, Netflix became the service go-to before Hulu and Amazon. In the next evolution for Netflix, they began to create their own content and the production value of these Netflix specials became pretty good in terms of quality. Beloved shows like “Orange is the New Black,” “Crown,” as well as some pretty good quality MCU character based series like “Luke Cage” came forth. “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” and “Iron Fist” all started receiving praise.
But then Netflix took a turn towards the worse. Social Justice Warriors (SJWs) whined about the lack of “woke” content and a lack of shows with “intersectional” content and then we began to see stuff take on a more SJW bent. “Dear White People,” the push for lesbianism in “Orange is the New Black,” the homosexual bent in “Sens8,” as well as the Amy Schumer and Sarah Silverman stuff coming out with sub-par material that average viewers did not like.
In order to protect the SJWs, Netflix removed the means of reviewing (in a five star system) and disliking shows in terms of popularity. The change came in 2017 with “Amy Schumer: The Leather Special.” Netflix subscribers and viewers mass-downvoted her show to one star. She then accused trolls and “haters,” who did not watch it, of just downvoting it to hate on her. But any objective evidence will show that this accusation was not the case. A quick Google search shows the unmanipulated public opinion of the show: 2.9/10 on IMDb, 50% on Rotten Tomatoes, and 4% of Google users like it.
Steven Crowder viewed it in its entirety (as he said, to spare the rest of us from having to) and found it very sub-par, not funny, and obscene as she portrays herself as, in the words of Steven Crowder, “a dirty, filthy slut.” You can watch Crowder’s review of Schumer’s Netflix special for context.
Comedy is Dead
The authoritarian Left tries to dominate everything from academia to Hollywood. It wants to make it off limits to make fun of anyone except white, Christian males. Open season on “marginalized” groups such as women, non-whites, homosexuals, and transgender people is over. With this cultural norm shift came more bizarre Netflix specials like “Hannah Gadsby: Nanette,” where Gadsby preaches to her audience about how she was raped and how her being a lesbian in an “all male dominated” society causes fear. There was nothing funny about her special but it’s categorized as “stand-up comedy” on Netflix. Captured in the show trailer: “I have built a career out of self-depricating humor and I simply will not do that anymore, not to myself or anybody who identifies with me. Do you understand what self-deprecation means? It’s not humility. It’s humiliation.”
On social media, people can go back in time and dig up stuff said 10 years ago and cause ruin to a person’s career because the Twitter stalker was offended by it is one of the things that causes people to self-censor themselves. Due to that kind of attitude against comedy, well-known comedians like Jerry Seinfeld refuse to play at college campuses because one thing that they might say will set of a student who will rage quit the show then demand an apology for a group they are offended on behalf of like some guilt-ridden liberator nobody asked for. It’s really become quite toxic in the most correct sense of the word.
Real Equality Means Offending Everybody
It’s quite clear that Dave Chappelle did not pull back his punches. He takes aim at the whole cancel culture the SJWs are notorious for. This special was the answer to all of our current woes regarding the culture war. Chappelle commented on the Kevin Hart debacle with the same Alphabet People. Chappelle went after the deceased Michael Jackson that was just hilarious, albeit difficult to hear to the point of cringe. But Chappelle did it and it was glorious. The audience was a bit taken back because of the tenure of the culture as some of the responses to the joke needed time to sink in and there are some points in the special that had less than stellar points that did have more “woke” ideas with him spouting a bit more anti-white, anti-2nd Amendment ideas that lean left, and that’s to be expected from a celebrity. But more or less, this special is everything we need and do not deserve, but we got it. It is vulgar, crass, and definitely warrants the mature rating but if raw, crass, in your face, SJW angering humor that will have you laughing. But it will require you to get a Netflix account, but it’s well worth the $13 a month just for this, and maybe “Avengers: Endgame” or “Orange Is The New Black.”
Oceans 8: Spinoffs With Social Justice in Mind
Representation is apparently the biggest lack in Hollywood. The lack of an all female cast was something producers and studios in H-town needed. So in perusing through their catalog, Warner Studios decided why not make a spin off of their extremely successful franchise Oceans 11, and have all women because of feminism! Yet it’s the movie that nobody wanted much less asked for.
Danny Ocean was the charming reformed thief who put together a crackpot team of misfits, from a Chinese acrobat to a small time pickpocket and took down one of Las Vegas’ prime casino owners. In the Soderbergh trilogy, fiascoes ensue as teammate jabs at teammate. They avidly avoid the law all over Europe, and had a fun time as they counter steal and bring it all back to full circle.
It was smart, funny, charming, witty, and a blast to watch. It gave us so many one-liners to use in real life. The last Oceans, Oceans 13, was back in 2007. Fast forward and Danny apparently has passed on, and the mantle for master thief is granted to his younger sister Debbie, who has been in jail for some time as a con artist. She gets out and enlists the help of Lou, who makes a huge plan to steal The Toussaint, a $150 million Cartier necklace. They put together a team to try and pull off this heist, and the antics ensue.
Oceans Breaking Even
Don’t get me wrong. Yay for women and representation and everything like that but, nobody asked for this. No one wanted this movie. And the numbers do not lie. The production value for this movie was $70 million. Domestic box office numbers show that at its lowest projection, it grossed $30 million; at an optimistic projection, $40 milion.
International sales weren’t all that much better, but they were able to rake in a little and break even somewhat. But even with these sales figures, review aggregation sites did not grant this all female Oceans 11 spin off any favors. Rotten Tomatoes gave this movie a 69% based out of 323 reviewers calling the movie “not quite as smooth as its predecessors.”
The Movie Nobody Wanted
Metacritic deemed the movie 61/100, which is basically a D grade film. It was literally the movie nobody cared for even with the big name faces like Sandra Bullock, Kate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Anne Hathaway, and Helena Bonham Carter, to name a few. One would think these women, who are powerhouses in the industry, could propel this style of movie to greatness, and yet to arrive at a Metacritic grade of a D, makes it underwhelming.
Yet it seems that with the tiny whiny crowd of SJWs, these spinoffs are necessary to issue forth a dialogue about gender, representation, and the “conversations” about intersectionality. But as the numbers show, nobody wanted this movie. Nobody! The sad part is, not even the SJWs will watch the movies they want to promote.
For studios to cater and capitulate to these people is really toxifying the industry, badly reducing viewership. Hollywood has lackluster movies coming out, and they bore most viewers. The question is, can Hollywood survive making these types of movies, or will they listen to the general public and give us good material to keep us coming to the theaters and buying tickets? One can only hope, because if SJWs are the ones these studios cater to, Hollywood will go bankrupt fast![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]