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Dave Chappelle Responds After His Old High School Disinvites Him From Speaking
Image has been converted to black and white) Dave Chapelle attends the UK premiere of "Dave Chappelle: Untitled" at Cineworld Leicester Square on October 17, 2021 in London, England.
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Last week, Politico reported that comedian Dave Chappelle’s old high school, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Georgetown, quietly canceled a fundraiser featuring “The Closer” comedian after students complained about jokes he made regarding transgender individuals.

Two students told Politico that a “heated debate” occurred between students and faculty when they were told to help put together an exhibition honoring Chappelle the day of the fundraiser. The students said they were uncomfortable since so many classmates claimed to be LGBTQ.

Hours later, Politico reported that the school reinstated the event but at a future date, vowing to use the controversy as a “teachable moment.”

“We recognize that not everyone will accept or welcome a particular artist’s point of view, product or craft, but reject the notion that a ‘cancel culture’ is a healthy or constructive means to teach our students how society should balance creative freedom with protecting the right and dignity of all of its members,” the school said, according to Politico.

The school said it would hold “listening sessions” with students as well as expand social studies to include “content related to political activism, civic engagement, arts activism, and the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality.”

At the time, Chappelle spokesperson Carla Sims said that delaying the event was due to Chappelle’s team and the school “working on a way to make sure the students understand what’s in the special.”

Last Friday, after a screening of his documentary “Untitled,” Chappelle joked about his old high school disinviting him.

“They’re canceling stuff I didn’t even want to do,” Chappelle said, according to the IndyStar. “If you think you’re mad at me — remember, I didn’t disinvite you from anything.”

Also during a 15-minute set following the screening in Indianapolis, Indiana, Chappelle invited audience members to engage with transgender individuals on his behalf.

“If anyone says trans people are angry at me, they are wrong,” Chappelle said. “And if you see [a trans person], buy them a coffee or lipstick or whatever they want and tell them Dave Chappelle sent you.”

The manufactured controversy surrounding Chappelle stems from jokes he made during his latest comedy special, “The Closer.”

The Washington Examiner reported on some of Chappelle’s jokes in his latest Netflix special [Warning: language]:

“Gender is a fact,” Chappelle says , according to a Daily Beast report of his sixth special on the streaming platform. “Every human being in this room, every human being on Earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on Earth. That is a fact. Now, I am not saying that to say trans women aren’t women, I am just saying that those p*****s that they got … you know what I mean? I’m not saying it’s not p***y, but it’s Beyond P***y or Impossible P***y.”

The special, which was panned by critics but loved by audiences, caused outrage among a small group of Netflix employees, who staged a walkout and protest against Chappelle. Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos initially defended the streaming service’s decision to keep the special. Sarandos then doubled down on Chappelle before Netflix fired the employee who organized the walkout.

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