CNN’s Don Lemon called out several celebrities earlier this month for not showing up at protests for George Floyd. Floyd died on May 25 after an ex-Minneapolis police officer pressed a knee into his neck.
Dave Chappelle addressed Lemon’s comments in his new Netflix comedy special, released on YouTube Thursday, June 11. The special is called “8:46,” the same amount of time that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin drove his knee into Floyd’s neck.
The Netflix release was filmed on June 6 in front of a live audience who wore masks and practiced social distancing.
“If you are a millionaire or a gazillionare or a movie star or a politician and you don’t step up now, when the hell are you going to do it?” said Lemon on his CNN news show. “By me calling out your name, it doesn’t mean I’m calling you out. It means I love you, Ellen [DeGeneres]. It means I love you, Oprah [Winfrey]. I know they give millions of dollars to charity every year.”
“I want to see you, Tracee Ellis Ross. I want to see you, Tyler Perry. I want to see you, Drake,” Lemon continued. “I want to see you, my friend Anthony Anderson. I love you. … I want to see Diddy out there.”
Chappelle addressed Lemon’s comments around the 7:36 mark of the 27-plus-minute special.
The comedian said that he doesn’t understand why Lemon wants celebrities to lead protests when young activists are doing a stellar job of it already.
“I’m watching Don Lemon, that hotbed of reality,” said Chappelle. “He says, ‘Where are all these celebrities? Why aren’t you talking?’ This n—a said everybody. I was screaming at the TV. I dare you to say me, n—a. … Do you want to see a celebrity right now? Do we give a f–k what Ja Rule thinks? Does it matter about celebrity? No! This is the streets talking for themselves. They don’t need me right now. I kept my mouth shut, and I’ll still keep my mouth shut. But don’t think that my silence is complicit.”
“Why would anyone care what their favorite comedian thinks after they saw a police officer kneel on a man’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds?” he continued. “I can’t get that number out of my head because it was my time of birth on my birth certificate.”
Lemon responded Friday, June 12, on CNN’s morning show “New Day.” He said that Chappelle is his favorite comedian and he truly cares what he says.
“I actually agree with Dave Chappelle,” Lemon stated. “I think the establishment has been a bit behind. … I think that the young people who are out there in the streets don’t really care what we have to say.”
“But I do think that this is a moment, not a moment for modesty,” he added. “I think it’s a moment that we should all be using our platform to do whatever we can and at least to show those young people and those people out there that we support them. … But the irony is that his special is called ‘8:46,’ he’s talking about this issue, and I think it’s great. He’s using his platform to talk about this in the way that he can.”
In another part of Chappelle’s special, he slammed conservative provocateur Candace Owens, who in a Facebook video said Black people shouldn’t look at Floyd as a martyr.
Chappelle then talked about Eric Garner, the Black man who died in 2014 in Staten Island, New York, after being put in a chokehold by a white NYPD officer. Garner was accused of selling untaxed cigarettes at the time.
Chappelle spoke about the other cops who were on the scene with Daniel Pantaleo, the officer that choked Garner. Like Floyd, Garner told the officers that he couldn’t breathe while on the ground.
“Got murdered by one police officer while five of his fellow officers watched him do it,” the comic explained. “Not one of them said … take it easy, none of that s–t because they were being recorded. Because they were afraid if I correct my fellow officer on this camera, there’s going to open us up for some kind of liability.”
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Sen. Tom Cotton Complains About People Leaving the Military Over Diversity Training Yet Repeatedly Cuts Off Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin as He Attempts to Provide Context
Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas was repeatedly interrupted Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Thursday as the retired four-star general attempted to provide context about the racial issues in the armed forces during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the defense budget.
Amid the Pentagon’s efforts to improve diversity, equity and inclusion in the military, Cotton took the opportunity derail the purpose of the hearing to complain that anti-bias initiative have caused some members of the military to leave.
He and Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas, previously launched a web portal where “whistleblowers” can report instances of “woke ideology” in the military.
According to Cotton, a Marine reported that a military history training session was replaced with “mandatory training on police brutality, white privilege and systemic racism” which prompted multiple officers to leave the unit.
Cotton claimed in another unit service members claimed the were required to read “White Fragility,” which from which Cotton quoted “white people raised in western society are conditioned into a white supremacist worldview.”
Other service members on the portal alleged they were being taught that the U.S. special operations community is racist, while another reported he had been told by a general that the entire Army is racist.
In other cases, soldiers performed activities related to privilege where service members were separated based on race and gender, while some said they were force to watch videos that “rewrite America’s history as a fundamentally racist and evil nation.”
“Mr. secretary, we’re hearing reports of plummeting morale, mistrust between the races and sexes where none existed just six months ago and unexpected retirements and separations based on these trainings alone. … These are the words of the your own troops,” Cotton said, directing his comments to Austin.
Sen. Tom Cotton and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin engaged in a back-and-forth over racial issues in the military during a Thursday Senate hearing. (Photo: Eric Dolan/ YouTube screenshot)
Austin, the first Black secretary of defense, was appointed to run the Pentagon by President Joe Biden in December.
“If confirmed, I will fight hard to stamp out sexual assault, to rid our ranks of racists and extremists, and to create a climate where everyone fit and willing has the opportunity to serve this country with dignity,” Austin said at his January confirmation hearing. In February, he announced the U.S. armed forces would be conducting stand-downs over 60 days to tackle right-wing extremism in the ranks.
“Mr. Secretary do you believe that our military is a fundamentally racist organization?” Yes or no, please,” Cotton asked Austin on Thursday.
“Well, I won’t give you a yes or no answer on that, senator, because it deserves more than a yes or no,” Austin said. “The military, like any organization, will have its challenges, but I do not believe it is a fundamentally racist organization.”
Austin appeared to be continuing to elaborate on his response when Cotton interjected, cutting the secretary off.
“I’m sorry to cut you off, because our time is limited,” Cotton said. “I think it is a pretty simple question, I’m glad that you agree it is not fundamentally racist. Do you believe any member of the military should be treated differently base on their skin color and sex?” Cotton asked. “Again, yes or no will do.”
“Again, this question deserves more than a yes or no answer,” Austin said before Cotton interrupted again, citing limited time.
Austin replied that service members shouldn’t be treated differently based on race or sex, explaining that that’s the very reason why there is an emphasis on diversity training in the military.
After Cotton questioned Austin further about his views on the work of writers like Ibram Kendi, who wrote the book “How to Be Anti-Racist,” and asked whether qualifications or factors like race and gender should determine how people are selected to military senior positions, the secretary doubled down on his convictions.
“Diversity, equity and inclusion is important to this military now and it will be important in the future. We’re going to make sure that our military looks like America and that our leadership looks like what’s in the ranks of the military.”
Before his time expired, Cotton said his concerns aren’t about diversity, but about a “specific kind of anti-American indoctrination that is seeping into some parts of our military.”
Democratic Senator Tim Kaine gave Austin the opportunity to elaborate on what his experience in the military has been like after he was unable to provide context on his thoughts when Cotton interrupted him earlier.
Austin responded by explaining that the military could do a better job of being “absolutely inclusive” and making sure that there are pathways for everyone fit to serve to reach their full potential in the ranks.
“And so that’s what diversity, equity and inclusion is all about. It’s about cohesion. It’s about making sure that we remain the most effective and lethal fighting force in the world and we have been in the past and we will be in the future,” Austin said.
Gladys Knight Provides Backup Vocals for Hubby’s New Country Song – Viralmula.com
Gladys Knight is doing something she most likely hasn’t done a great deal of throughout her profession — which’s taking the rear seat on a ditty … which is precisely what she did for her husband.
Have a look at this video that Gladys assisted produce for her spouse of twenty years, William McDowell, who’s obviously diving into the c and w scene … and making a splash with his very first offering called “Country Water” — which is everything about homegrown moonshine!
View it for yourself … it’s quite damn appealing, as Will takes lead singing responsibilities — and his renowned better half really backs him up. Seems like she makes a cameo on the chorus.
We’re speaking with individuals near to GK that this video was really shot on her and Will’s home in North Carolina — which it was developed throughout the pandemic. We’re informed Gladys shocked Will by getting it made … and we gotta state, it looks (and sounds) fantastic.
Will — who wed Gladys in 2001, and is a tremendous 14 years more youthful than her too — may seriously have a possible recording profession on his hands if he wishes to pursue this any even more. And, who much better to assist him than the one and just?!?
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