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Dave Chappelle defended free speech for comedians while accepting the Mark Twain Prize.

"I want everyone in America right now to look at me. Look at me smoking indoors," Chappelle bragged per USA Today. "I didn't ask anybody... What are they gonna do? Kick me out before I get the prize?" 

He continued: "It's called leverage."

Chappelle went on to thank the Fire Marshal "for having the courage to let me be myself." Chappelle then went on to defend freedom of speech when talking about comedians he knows who are "very racist."

"(I) don't get mad at 'em, don't hate on 'em," he said. "Man, it's not that serious. The First Amendment is first for a reason. Second Amendment is just in case the First one doesn't work out."

Chappelle faced backlash this summer after his Netflix comedy special Sticks & Stones, which caused controversy. Chappelle addressed the R. Kelly indictments, as well as stating that he did not believe Michael Jackson's most recent accusers - Wade Robson and James Safechuck.