Dave Chappelle bears the brunt of his jokes. The comedian has managed to grab the international headlines for quite a few months. From being attacked on the stage of the ‘Netflix Is A Joke‘ event to receiving criticism for his transphobic jokes. Things have seemed to take a turn for the worse as his recent show at First Venue gets canceled.
Considering Chapelle’s ongoing backlash on social media, the event was canceled just hours before the show was set to begin.
First Avenue Cancels Dave Chappelle’s Performance Over Intense Backlash
Dave Chappelle’s scheduled program at the Minneapolis venue will no longer take place. The last-minute decision was taken in wake of the star being the center of controversy over his Netflix program, ‘The Closer’. The statement also stated that his performance would now take place at Varsity Theater.
We hear you. Tonight’s show has been cancelled at First Avenue and is moving to the Varsity Theater. See our full statement for more. pic.twitter.com/tkf7rz0cc7— First Avenue (@FirstAvenue) July 20, 2022
“The Dave Chappelle show tonight at First Avenue has been canceled and is moving to the Varsity Theater,” the announcement read. “To staff, artists, and our community, we hear you and we are sorry. We know we must hold ourselves to the highest standards, and we know we let you down. We are not just a black box with people in it, and we understand that First Ave is not just a room, but meaningful beyond our walls.”
The statement continued, “The First Avenue team and you have worked hard to make our venues the safest spaces in the country, and we will continue with that mission. We believe in diverse voices and the freedom of artistic expression, but in honouring that, we lost sight of the impact this would have.”
While on the other hand, it’s surprising to see the American comedian being nominated for an Emmy Award. It was announced on July 12 that his Netflix special ‘The Closer‘ received a nomination under the category of Best Variety Special (pre-recorded).
Internet Divided Over Recent Controversy Surrounding Dave Chappelle
Over the years Dave Chappelle has gathered quite a crowd of loyal fans. But his recent antics have left his admirers divided. His comments targetting a minority community of the society have left people brimming with anger. While some people choose to call him out and supported First Avenue’s decision to boycott his show. Others seem to think it of as a path to bankruptcy and leftists gaining power. Check out some of the responses to this controversy:
The staff all called out and refused to work the venue for Dave Chappelle. Labor solidarity is undefeated. https://t.co/0YbrmcNDnr— Alejandra Caraballo (@Esqueer_) July 21, 2022
Shame: #Minneapolis venue @FirstAvenue buckles to fascist bullies, cancels #DaveChappelle because of stupid online petition asserting that comedy is an encouragement to violence. This is a spreading societal sickness. https://t.co/muUK071jLZ— Mark Davis (@MarkDavis) July 21, 2022
Dave Chappelle is so hated that the ENTIRE STAFF of First Avenue called out for this in order to force their hand.— Venus Evelyn ➐ (@QueerGang2) July 21, 2022
No one in the public caused this. This was the free market and collective labor bargaining at work.