The more you say I can’t say something

The more you say I can’t say something, the more urgent it is for me to say it. And it has nothing to do with what you’re saying I can’t say. It has everything to do with my right — my freedom — of artistic expression. That is valuable to me. That is not separate from me. It’s worth protecting for me, and it’s worth protecting for everyone else who endeavors in our noble, noble professions.

— Dave Chappelle1, What’s in a Name: Speech at Duke Ellington School of the Arts (Netflix 2022) at 32:22.

Dave Chappelle gets it. I wish more people also got it.

You know, rights are like muscles in the sense that if they’re never exercised, they atrophy and wither and become useless.

Thankfully, Dave Chappelle2 is willing to exercise for us, that thing that he calls his freedom of artistic expression, which is what the rest of us would call our Freedom of Speech.

yeah, in a minute…
1 Dave Chappelle is the recipient of the 2019 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
2 And not just Dave Chappelle, there are others, many of whom are also comedians, but not all, who are willing to exercise this right for us.
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