Dave Chappelle’s controversial Netflix special Sticks & Stones has garnered a rare rating from Rotten Tomatoes – zero percent. However, audience members gave the one-hour special a rating of 99 percent, another rare occurrence. Culture writers and casual viewers are polarized between what they took away from the stand-up set, as they criticized and praised the comic.
Dave, 46, released Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones on Netflix on August 29.
Critics were offended by his routine, initially garnering him a 0 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. However, on September 3, the special’s zero percent rating jumped to 17 percent, and then rose to 29 percent shortly after the 99 percent audience rating was revealed.
Progressive writers commented on his jokes about the #MeToo Movement, Michael Jackson accusers, and the LGBTQ community. HuffPost writer Todd Van Luling said the film, “isn't as good or smart as it wants to be.”
Audience reviewers praised his bold set for taking on taboos. “Dave Chappelle at his finest, brutal, brilliant and above all hilarious,' wrote one viewer. 'Nothing is sacred in this, and in that he treats everyone as equal. Simply fantastic.”
Critics and audience members alike agreed that the set is “graphic, vulgar, and extremely offensive, even if it’s also funny.”
Sticks & Stones is described as, “Dave Chappelle takes on gun culture, the opioid crisis and the tidal wave of celebrity scandals in a defiant stand-up special filmed in Atlanta,” according to Rotten Tomatoes, which skimmed the surface of the hour-long set’s content.
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