Comedian Dave Rubin is concerned that a “really bad precedent” for how people react when offended has been set.
Fox & Friends’s Brian Kilmeade asked Rubin Wednesday morning if recent attacks on comedians, such as the late-night attack on Dave Chappelle at a live comedy performance in Los Angeles and Will Smith’s Oscars slap on Chris Rock in March, cause concerns for performers.
“I think, unfortunately, it has to be back of your mind somewhere,” Rubin, who just concluded an eight-night comedy club tour, said.
“We are in a very, very weird part of this American story right now where people believe that their offense is an excuse to either attack other people or dox other people or somehow try to ruin other people’s lives,” Rubin added. “This is a really bad precedent, and it was good to see Chappelle is OK and they joked about it afterwards with Chris Rock, but this is bad news.”
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Rubin noted that people should assume the risk that they might be offended when attending a comedy show — “that is the point of going to a comedy club.”
“A good comedian is going to get close to that line and maybe trip over it every now and again, but you cannot violently assault anyone,” Rubin said.
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The comedian blasted the recent attacks as a part of ongoing attacks against free speech.
“There is a group of people in America who for years now have been telling us that they think that words are violence,” Rubin said. “So, if you say something mean, that, somehow, is a violent act, but actual violence, say burning down a Target or a Pep Boys, is not violence.”