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Comedian, Dave Chappelle refuses his alma mater from renaming theater after him following student backlash over ‘anti-gay’ jokes



US comic, Dave Chappelle has determined towards having his title hooked up to a brand new performing arts theater at his outdated highschool, following pupil backlash to his controversial Netflix comedy particular, “The Nearer”. 


In line with the Washington Submit,  Chappelle made the announcement on the theater dedication ceremony Monday night time, June 20 on the Duke Ellington College of the Arts, in Washington D.C. 


The occasion had been delayed since November after college students on the college criticized the comic for The Nearer, which featured quite a lot of jokes seen as transphobic and homophobic.

Comedian, Dave Chappelle refuses his alma mater from renaming theater after him following student backlash over


On the dedication ceremony on Monday, June 20, Chappelle spoke in regards to the rift between him and the scholar physique, making it clear he was “damage” by the backlash. 


 Chappelle mentioned, “It doesn’t matter what they are saying about The Nearer, it’s nonetheless [one of the] most-watched specials on Netflix,” including that it was a “masterpiece.”


Chappelle described himself as “possibly a as soon as in a lifetime expertise.” Talking to the scholar backlash, Chappelle mentioned “these children didn’t perceive that they had been devices of inventive oppression.”

He added, “The extra you say I can’t say one thing, the extra pressing it’s for me to say it.”

As an alternative of that includes his title, Chappelle mentioned the venue shall be referred to as the Theater for Creative Freedom and Expression.

After the preliminary Duke Ellington backlash in November, Chappelle returned to the varsity to debate the controversy round his particular with practically 600 college students. Politico reported on the time that the comic was met by hostile college students, and was accused of endangering trans lives and instructed that he was dealing with the storm of criticism like a “baby.”


Chappelle is Duke Ellington’s most well-known former pupil and has raised tons of of hundreds of {dollars} for the varsity.

He has additionally introduced varied actors and comedians to the campus, together with Bradley Cooper and Chris Tucker.

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