Eric Andre on upcoming Netflix special: “We need to point out police brutality”
Comedian Eric André was on the road on his "Legalize Everything" tour last year, and one of the shows he did, in November in New Orleans, is the basis of his new Netflix special of the same name. Eric André: Legalize Everything premieres on the streaming service on June 23, and you can watch the trailer below.
The special makes references to an issue that's very much in the spotlight right now, that of police brutality, but as André told The Daily Beast on Thursday's (6/16) episode of The Last Laugh, it's one that he's been talking about for a long time. "I've been complaining about police brutality and racism my whole life," he said."So it’s not new to me. Now people have a front row seat to it. Thank God for camera phones. And God bless the people that filmed George Floyd’s murder. They need a round of applause. Because we wouldn't be seeing the change that’s starting to happen now, if it wasn’t for that. People have just had enough."
Daily Beast points out that the special begins with a sketch where André, posing as a cop in New Orleans, gives out drugs to strangers. On The Last Laugh, André says that "middle-aged white people" at Netflix asked if he was going to cut the sketch. "I’m like, no, guys!" he said. "This is the best time to do these jokes. This is what we need! We need to point out the absurdity of the police department and what a fucking hypocrisy and a disgrace it is. We need to point out police brutality. I am blessed that my stand-up special is coming out in this time."
Elsewhere in the special, he pokes fun at the theme song of the now defunct series COPS, saying, "Is it just me or is reggae the most inappropriate music they could have picked? You can’t slap reggae over police brutality footage and call it a day."
"They had a 32-season run," Andre said about the series on The Last Laugh. "I think we’re fine. I think it’s time to fucking hang up the jersey."
Meanwhile, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has pledged to donate $40 million to create student scholarships at historically Black colleges: The United Negro College Fund, Spelman College, and Morehouse College.
UPDATE: An earlier version of this article misrepresented a quote from André. It has since been corrected and we apologize for the mistake.