Dave Chappelle show was cancelled following the “The Closer” negative reaction
Dave Chappelle was set to perform the comedian stand-up routine on Wednesday night in Minneapolis at First Avenue in Minneapolis, but theDave Chappelle show was pulled at the last moment due to protests.
Chappelle has been the subject of controversy regarding his Netflix show, “The Closer.”
“The Dave Chappelle performance on tonight’s First Avenue has been cancelled and will be moved into Varsity Theater.” Varsity Theater,” the announcement read.
“To the artists, staff and the community at large We are listening to you and we’re sorry.
We’re aware that we need to adhere to the highest standard, and we’re sure we fell short.
We’re not an empty space that has people in it and we recognize this. First Ave is not just an area, but a meaningful one beyond the walls of our building.”
This trio ofDave Chappelle show at the state of Minnesota was announced on Monday, and tickets for the opening show sold within a matter of minutes on Tuesday.
However, some patrons of the popular venue in downtown have voiced their opinion against the comedian, which ultimately led to the cancellation of the show.
“The First Avenue team and you have worked tirelessly to make our facilities one of the safest places in the nation and we’ll continue to work towards that goal,” the statement continued.
“We believe in diversity and the right to artistic expression however, when we were focusing on this, we have did not consider the implications this decision could have. We recognize that there are those who aren’t happy with this decision, and you’re encouraged to provide feedback.”
In “The Closer” Chappelle discussed controversies concerning the gender of his audience and continues to stand up for his rights to express himself artistically despite the an outpouring of criticism.
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 First Avenue Twitter feed was inundated with complaints against the decision to let comedian Chappelle perform in the wake of an announcement about the new Dave Chappelle show.
Some people cited their club’s conduct code as the sole reason to not book Chappelle.
“The following conduct is not permitted on the premises of First Avenue venues: Acting or talking in a way that is discriminatory or using racist, sexist homophobic, transphobic, ableist or xenophobic or any other biased language , including deliberate gender-based misgendering,” the policy states.