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Chris Rock is just the latest comedian to get his very own stand-up comedy on Netflix. Tamborine was released on Feb. 14.

Chris Rock is just the latest comedian to get his very own stand-up comedy on Netflix. Tamborine was released on Feb. 14.

via Netflix

via Netflix

Chris Rock is just the latest comedian to get his very own stand-up comedy on Netflix. Tamborine was released on Feb. 14.

Ramon Alvarado, Editor-in-Chief

Chris Rock is back with his first stand-up special in 10 years with the Netflix Original: Tamborine. The Netflix comedy, released Feb. 14 focuses on truth and equality as Rock tackles everything from raising children to American politics.

Americans have to be more honest to their children, at least Rock thinks so. In the comedy, Rock takes on harsh truths as he insists kids get lied to often and become egotistical people. Rock seamlessly paints examples of why children need to be told the truth and why bullies are needed.

Rock points to the lives of American billionaires Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg in his must-hear talk on the importance of bullies. Rock’s comedic performance will have one nodding their head, agreeing with his “we need bullies” statement.

America’s justice system is also brought up in the Netflix original. Rock talks about how two people can do the same crime but get different sentences. This leads him to jokingly suggest the government “be more like Walmart.”

Of everything thrown at you in Rock’s Tamborine, his rant on gun control at the very jump of the show sticks out the most. This may have been due to the Florida shooting that occurred the same day of the special’s release.

Rock starts Tamborine off by saying he wants true equality, jokingly asking police to “shoot a white kid once in a while,” so the shootings of blacks don’t look so bad. He then goes on to say America has a gun problem, and that “there will never be gun control.” An interesting statement considering last week’s Florida incident. In Tamborine, Rock makes fun of something Americans have heard time and time again following U.S. mass shootings.

“They’ll shoot 100 people in Vegas,” Rock jokes, “and someone will come and they’ll just talk like ‘hey, you know, guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”

Rock successfully introduces troubling topics in American society and turns it to a laughing matter. This is something every comedian should aim to do, and something every great comedian does. Not because we shouldn’t take our problems seriously, but because taking these things head on can be too much at times. Well it may not have been what he expected of the project, Rock’s Tamborine stands as a comedic call for equality and justice.

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