Comedian Jerrod Carmichael Has Some Strong Thoughts About Dave Chappelle And The ‘Boogeyman’ Of Cancel Culture

Stand-up comedian Jerrod Carmichael has been on a sharp ascent in Hollywood throughout the past decade, from his boundary-pushing (and unfairly canceled) NBC comedy The Carmichael Show to his candid HBO docu-shorts to his increasingly popular stand-up specials and more. It was his last hour of comedy, Rothanielthat not only earned him his first guest-hosting gig at Saturday Night Live (for an episode that aired in April), but also gave him a global spotlight in which to come out as gay. Understandably, as a now open member of the LGBTQ + community, Carmichael has some thoughts on the controversy-courting Dave Chappelle and the idea of ​​canceling culture that has pervaded the entertainment world in recent years.

During an in-depth discussion with GQJerrod Carmichael opened up about all manner of details about his life and career, including the challenges that came with putting Rothaniel together after spending years away from the stand-up cycle. And in talking about his family’s reactions to the special and his sexuality reveal, he shared that his 15-year-old niece is the relative one who gave him the acknowledgment he was seeking, and credited her youth as being a probable factor in her accepting nature. At which point he calls out other comics for going after younger generations – specifically saying “fuck all those comedians” – and even before he mentions Dave Chappelle’s name, it’s implied he’s talking about the Netflix-supported juggernaut. Carmichael offered his take on the matter, saying:

Look, I get it. Everybody’s got to create a boogeyman to sell tickets. But it’s not true. Who’s getting canceled for what they’ve said? What does that mean, that people are mad on Twitter? Everybody’s fine. These grown men are fine. I think, a lot of times, people who offer nothing truthful or meaningful about themselves then complain about society at large and create this boogeyman. It’s like, listen, that’s the most urgent thing in your life? God bless you. I’m tired of hearing it.

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