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"Sticks and Stones" on Netflix is an absolutely genius, on top of hysterically funny bombshell of wit and provocation. But also, important, oddly unifying. Dave touches on everything from transgenderism to guns, abortion, Jussie Smollet, Micheal Jackson and much much more. Any segment, in a vacuum may offend anyone, conservatives, liberals, random ethnicities and sexual orientations can all pretty much find a reason or time to gripe or applaud. But it's a contemporary masterpiece in terms of walking a cultural tightrope around the most contentious issues while simultaneously being laugh out loud (not "lol" but actually laughing out loud entertaining). I think what is most revealing about the response is in who exactly was offended. The critics, the pc police, are all the most vocal. The public just packs venues and cheers. It's as if the critics don't want a united population capable of laughing together. It was very balanced, and yet if there is any single thing they don't like, they give it one star. They seem to have forgotten what the purpose of comedy is. Fortunately the public hasn't. Dave has never cow towed to the censors but this was a career defining seminal moment. Watch it. Suspend your outrage in the spots where it is meant to offend you and you'll later find the joke is on everyone. A joke I wouldn't have thought could be funny to (almost) everyone, but definitely should be. Carlin-esque. Not apolitical but meta-political. A poignant message in the spirit of Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino, and a timely, brilliantly courageous comedic and cultural achievement for which I can not say enough.