Dave Chappelle talks protesters after 'devastating' last-minute venue swap when Minneapolis club canceled him

The comedian wondered if the crowd of people who had gathered to protest his appearance wouldstill all be out thereat the historic venue downtown where he wasn’t allowed to perform his set, but the local Star Tribune reported crowds had left when curtains called.

シャペル, 48, also told audience members he thought the decision to move the show was “壊滅的な,” and asked fans to continue supporting the iconic nightclub which is known for being Prince’s hometown venue, in addition to being featured in the film, “Purple Rain.

It’s an important place for our culture,” 彼は言った, via the Tribune.

A rep for Chappelle did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment

Dave Chappelle reportedly "からかわれた" protestors who stood outside of First Avenue, the Minnesota club which originally had plans to host the comedian on Wednesday night, but canceled at the eleventh hour due to backlash.

Dave Chappelle reportedly “からかわれた” protestors who stood outside of First Avenue, the Minnesota club which originally had plans to host the comedian on Wednesday night, but canceled at the eleventh hour due to backlash. (ゲッティイメージズ)

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He was set to perform a routine on Wednesday at First Avenue, but the show was canceled at the last minute following backlash. Chappelle has been at the center of controversy over his Netflix program, “The Closer.

大まかに 50 trans-rights protesters lined up outside of First Avenue to demonstrate against Chappelle’s gig before it was moved three miles away to another venue.

I wasn’t expecting these kinds of numbers,” said Aaron Bell, a Chappelle show ticket holder who had been hit by an egg while standing in line. Onlookers believed the person who threw the egg was not part of the protest.

Industry leaders and comedy club owners voiced opinions on Chappelle’s latest cancellation as he continued to fight for artistic freedom following the Netflix program backlash.

I don’t feel like it’s right that people can tell other people what they can and cannot say,” Dani Zoldan, owner of Stand Up New York, 前記. “If people don’t want to support him … if people are offended by some of his transgender jokes, they don’t have to support him. They don’t have to watch the Netflix special. They don’t have to buy tickets to their show.

Protestors stood outside of First Avenue venue alongside Dave Chappelle show ticketholders before the performance was canceled and moved to another venue following backlash on Wednesday night.

Protestors stood outside of First Avenue venue alongside Dave Chappelle show ticketholders before the performance was canceled and moved to another venue following backlash on Wednesday night. (John Reinan/Star Tribune)

But to, ええと, force management — who booked him in the first place — and put pressure on them to cancel is really unfortunate. Comedians make jokes about everyone.

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The Dave Chappelle show tonight at First Avenue has been cancelled and is moving to the Varsity Theater,” the announcement said.

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 trio of performances in Minnesota was first announced on Monday, and tickets to the first show sold out in a matter of minutes Tuesday. But some fans of the popular downtown venue voiced their opinions against the comedian, ultimately leading to the cancellation of the show.

に “近い,” シャペル discussed controversies surrounding gender identity and has continued to defend his right to artistic freedom despite heavy backlash.

First Avenue’s Twitter feed was bombarded with comments denouncing the decision to allow the comedian to perform after announcing Chappelle’s new shows.

Some cited the club’s code of conduct as enough reason not to book Chappelle. “The following behavior is not welcome at First Avenue venues: Acting or speaking in a discriminatory manner or using racist, 性別差別, ableist, トランスフォビア, 同性愛嫌悪, 外国人嫌い, or other biased language including intentional misgendering,” the policy states.

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新しい Netflix comedy special from Chappelle was released under the radar earlier this month through the streaming giant and focused on a speech he gave at his alma mater after declining the offer from the school to rename a theater after him following his transphobic joke controversy.

His lecture at the ワシントンのデュークエリントン芸術学校, D.C., in November was the primary focus of the latest show, “What’s in a Name,” in which he recalled how the students reacted to transphobic jokes made in “近い” and how he had to defend his right to artistic freedom.

Chappelle graduated from the school in 1991 and returned in November for a surprise visit, during which students thought he would be apologizing for insensitive remarks made in the special.

Dave Chappelle's Minneapolis show was canceled at the last minute following community backlash for comments he made in the Netflix show, "The Closer."

Dave Chappelle’s Minneapolis show was canceled at the last minute following community backlash for comments he made in the Netflix show, “The Closer.(マチュー・ビトン/ Netflix)

When I heard those talking points coming out of these children’s faces, that really, sincerely, hurt me,” Chappelle said. “Because I know those kids didn’t come up with those words. I’ve heard those words before. The more you say I can’t say something, the more urgent it is for me to say it.

And it has nothing to do with what you’re saying I can’t say. It has everything to do with my right, my freedom, of artistic expression. That is valuable to me. That is not severed from me. It’s worth protecting for me, and it’s worth protecting for everyone else who endeavors in our noble, noble professions.

And these kids didn’t understand that they were instruments of oppression. And I didn’t get mad at them. They’re kids. They’re freshmen. They’re not ready yet. They don’t know.

Despite his attempt to connect with the students and the general public, Chappelle last month declined the offer for the last time. The building will instead be called the Theater for Artistic Freedom and Expression.

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