Dave Chappelle hosting Saturday Night Live on Nov. 12, 2016
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During Dave Chappelle’s brilliant opening monologue as host of Saturday Night Live in November, he used the n-word at least a couple of times, sticking to his brand of unapologetically black-centered humor and vernacular.

However, according to a Freedom of Information Act request posted on MuckRock.com, the much-missed comedian yielded more than a dozen complaints from viewers who took offense to Chapelle's language‚ÄĒnot surprisingly, a lot of them from the South.

One complaint said that Chappelle had a ‚Äúnasty mouth,‚ÄĚ while another took umbrage at the fact that Chappelle used the n-word "multiple times during a live show dialogue.‚Ä̬†Another more precisely noted that he used the word at ‚Äúapproximately 11:45 PM Eastern standard time‚ÄĚ on at least ‚Äútwo separate occasions.‚ÄĚ

Yet another viewer contended that because the n-word was audible but censored in the closed caption that the hearing-impaired were being discriminated against. Others took offense to the words¬†‚Äúgoddamn‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúp‚ÄĒsy.‚ÄĚ

To each complaint, the FCC responded that it does not have the authority to censor the show.


Looks as if some people thought that the cutting-edge late-night show needed an advisory warning. We get the feeling that most of the folks complaining have more of an issue with Chappelle than with his use of the n-word.

Watch it again and let us know if you’re offended.


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