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SNL: Dave Chappelle Tackles Trump Loss, COVID-19, and Racial Divide in Post-Election Monologue
Last night marked Dave Chappelle's second time hosting Saturday Night Live after an election, but this time around things were fairly more optimistic. Chappelle famously hosted SNL's Nov. 12, 2016, episode, the first show following Donald Trump's win over Hillary Clinton four years ago. On Nov. 7, he had the honor of hosting the first show after Joe Biden and Kamala Harris's projected win for president and vice president, which unsurprisingly didn't feature too heavily in Chappelle's opening monologue. (It did happen pretty unexpectedly.) Instead, Chappelle glided through an opening that recalled the memory of his great-grandfather — who was born a slave — and touched on Freddie Mercury, Chris Christie, and the COVID-19 pandemic. "Do you guys remember what life was like before COVID? I do," Chappelle joked. "A mass shooting every week. Everyone remember that? Thank God for COVID — someone had to lock these murderous whites up and keep them in the house!"
In the end, Chappelle issued a challenge to his fellow man. "If you're a good white [person], and you actually want to help, then join me. I'm not even joking, this is my plan. It's called the kindness conspiracy. Random acts of kindness for Black people. Do something nice for a Black person just because they're Black, and you gotta make sure they don't deserve it," he said. "That's a very important part of it. They can't deserve it. The same way . . . they did terrible things to Black people just because they're Black and they didn't deserve it. If you driving through the hood one day and you see a Black dude standing on the corner selling crack, destroying his community, buy him an ice cream. Just buy him some ice cream. He'll be suspicious, but he'll take it." Watch the monologue above.