According to Dave Chappelle, he has decided against having a theater named after him (at his former high school). The name was originally supposed to be the ‘Dave Chappelle Theater’ but now it’s not going to happen. Plans for naming the theater after the comedian had previously been in place while he was busy performing in the nation’s capital last week. Comedian Dave Chappelle says he believes that criticisms against him aren’t productive and if his name is attached to the student theater, it would distract them from the purpose of using the space for speech-related reasons.

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Comedian Dave Chappelle
Comedian Dave Chappelle

The Dave Chappelle Controversy

The school began to dedicate the building in commemoration of Dave Chappelle last year, but the memorial was bumped back after concerns were raised about the comedian’s use of language during his self-described “transphobic rant” in The Closer, a Netflix shot he released in early 2021. Since the end of his Comedy Central show, Chappelle became the subject of debate during the Town Hall meetings. Some students at Duke Ellington questioned him directly over criticism he’s received from LGBTQ+ individuals.

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Dave Chappelle
Dave Chappelle

In this regard, one student echoed loud:

I’m 16 and I think you’re childish, you handled it like a child.

To this, Chappelle affirmed that:

The Ellington family is my family.

Stand-up Comedian Dave Chappelle
Stand-up Comedian Dave Chappelle

This Is How The Twitter Reacted

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With all being said, Chappelle is one of Ellington’s most bigoted donors to this day and the institution knows it. Having given several million dollars to the place, he was seen as a “visionary for all times.” He also hosts Master Classes for students in which he teaches them about hard work and culture.

Source: Variety

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