Comedian, provocateur, and actor Dave Chappelle has never bowed to his liberal overlords.  He has consistently produced art that is precisely what he wants to produce – nothing more, nothing less.  People can argue about the merits of his work – and do – but his take on political issues is really refreshing.  

“It’s the best part of the First Amendment to me that I’m able to express myself this way and make a viable living doing it,” he told NPR before accepting the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.  During his speech, he admitted that sometimes comedians say things that are racist.

“Don’t get mad at ’em, don’t hate on ’em,” Chappelle said. “Man, it’s not that serious. The First Amendment is first for a reason. Second Amendment is just in case the first one doesn’t work out.”

I can only imagine the way liberals responded to that one. Is it just me, or does it seem the tide is finally turning on all the liberal, anti-speech inanity of political correctness?

And speaking of political correctness, Chappelle had a take on that as well.

“Political correctness has its place,” he told a reporter who stopped him on the red carpet.  “I, personally, am not afraid of other people’s freedom of expression. I don’t use it as a weapon. It just makes me feel better. And I’m sorry if I hurt anybody. Etc., etc. Yada, yada, yada. Everything I’m supposed to say.”

Watch his flippant disregard in the video below:

And, if you are interested in seeing him accept the Kennedy Award – in which he lights up a cigarette and challenges staff to arrest him — his speech will air on January 7 at 9 p.m. EST on PBS.

Image Credit: John Bauld on Flickr

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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