Comedian Dave Chappelle is not afraid to stir controversy, something he’s certainly achieved with the latest episode of his Sticks & Stones Netflix series. Nothing is off limits to the man, who utilized the one-hour time slot to criticize Michael Jackson accusers, cancel culture and the #MeToo movement, among other things.

Chappelle’s latest Sticks & Stones installment hit the streaming service on Monday. The comedian immediately began by bringing up the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland (which itself is a controversial work), calling it “f***ing gross.” Speaking of Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who had accused the King of Pop of sexually assaulting them as children, Chappelle bluntly said, “I do not believe these motherf***ers.”

Following up on cheers from his audience, Chappelle added, “Even if he did it…I mean, it’s Michael Jackson. I know more than half of the people in this room have been molested in their lives, but it wasn’t no goddamn Michael Jackson, was it? This kid got his d*** sucked by the King of Pop…I know it seems harsh, but man someone’s got to teach these kids there’s no such thing as a free trip to Hawaii. He’s going to want to look at your butthole or something.”

However, the 46-year-old standup remained unconvinced of Jackson’s guilt, saying he believe’s Macaulay Culkin‘s account of his innocence. “I’m not a pedophile, but if I was, Macaulay Culkin is the first kid I’m f***ing,” joked Chappelle.

Chappelle then shifted the conversation over to musician R. Kelly, who was arrested on charges of sex trafficking in July. “R. Kelly is different,” argued Chappelle. “If I’m a betting man, I’m probably putting my money on he did that s***.” However, Chappelle later confessed that he doesn’t “know [Kelly] at all,” admitting that’s why he didn’t assist in the making of the Surviving R. Kelly documentary.

One other topic that spurs Chappelle’s ire is cancel culture, which he addresses as “celebrity hunting season,” announcing, “I’m goddamn sick of it. I can’t live in this new world that you’re proposing.” He also mounted a defense of his fellow comedians Louis C.K. and Kevin Hart, both of whom have emerged as controversial figures. Speaking of the former, Chappelle commented how C.K. didn’t harm anyone with his sexual misconduct.

“I’m sorry, ladies, I’ve just got a f***ing #MeToo headache,” he declared. “It’s really f***ing tough to watch what’s going on. Ladies, I said it in my last special, and I got in a lot of trouble for this, I told you you were right, but the way you’re going about it is not going to work. But I’m biased, I said it. Louis C.K. was a very good friend of mine before he died in that terrible masturbation accident…he didn’t do anything you can call the police for. I dare you to try. They ruined this n*****’s life, and now he’s coming back playing comedy clubs and they’re acting like if he’s able to do that that’s going to hurt women. What the f*** is your agenda, ladies?”


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Chappelle was similarly sympathetic to “poor Kevin Hart,” who was criticized upon the discovery of homophobic tweets he had published. Following that, Hart had stepped down from hosting the Oscars, something Chappelle felt he could relate to. According to the Sticks & Stones headliner, who had previously joked at the expense of transgender people, both of them broke the “unwritten and unspoken rule of show business” that “no matter what you do in your artistic expression, you are never, ever allowed to upset the alphabet people,” a reference to the LGBTQ community.

“I don’t know what you know about Kevin, but I know that Kevin Hart is damn near perfect,” concluded Chappelle. “As close to perfect as anybody I’ve ever seen. In fact, Kevin is precisely four tweets shy of being perfect.”


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