D.L. Hughley calls it like he sees it, discussing everything from dating to former president Barack Obama with sharp, thoughtful commentary
“The best book since The Hunger Games. First he was a King of Comedy; now he’s the king of comedy authors.”—Chris Rock
The American dream is in dire need of a wake-up call. A f*cked up society is like an addict: if you are in denial, then things are going to keep getting worse until you hit bottom. According to D. L. Hughley, that's the direction in which America is headed.
In I Want You to Shut the F*ck Up, D.L. explains how we've become a nation of fat sissies playing Chicken Little, but in reverse: The sky is falling, but we're supposed to act like everything's fine. D.L. just points out the sobering facts: there is no standard of living by which we are the best. In terms of life expectancy, we're 36th—tied with Cuba; in terms of literacy, we're 20th—behind Kazakhstan.
Things are bad now and they're only going to get worse. Unless, of course, you sit down, shut the f*ck up, and listen to what D. L. Hughley has to say. I Want You to Shut the F*ck Up is a slap to the political senses, a much needed ass-kicking of the American sense of entitlement. In these pages, D. L. Hughley calls it like he sees it, offering his hilarious yet insightful thoughts on:
• Our supposedly post-racial society
• The similarities between America the superpower and the drunk idiot at the bar
• Why apologizing is not the answer to controversy, especially when you meant what you said
• Why civil rights leaders are largely to blame for black people not being represented on television
• And more!
"The American dream is in dire need of a wake-up call," says actor-comedian-producer Hughley. He has starred in shows on ABC (The Hughleys), CNN (D.L. Hughley Breaks the News) and HBO (Unapologetic) in addition to radio (The D.L. Hughley Morning Show), and now he finds a solid footing on yet another plateau as he makes an easy transition to the printed page, covering a wide range of topics, from meeting Mitt Romney ("He reminded me of a very high-end used-car salesman") to police brutality ("The one good thing to come out of the Rodney King fiasco is that much of what the LAPD formerly did in secrecy was now made public"). Throughout, his personal asides become a springboard to a penetrating commentary on contemporary life, as he nails down some truths on racism, education ("Half of U.S. students who begin college never finish"), the decline of customer service, literacy levels ("We're 20th behind Poland and Kazakhstan"), black women, slurs and stereotypes, and the moral decline of black leaders ("Ali, King and Malcolm X were men who never looked for causes. The causes found them"). In the closing chapter, he concludes, "Comedy might not be able to change minds but it can certainly expose truths and knock down fallacies." Ditto for this book, which provides that much-needed wakeup call.