Dave ChappelleMore controversy stemming out of his recent appearances has caused him to laugh. NetflixSpecial “The Closer.”
TheAfter the comedy special was released, the comedian attracted the ire from the LGBTQ+ community. NetflixIn September. In it, ChappelleAbout a third of his time is spent discussing his past dealings and how he was offended by jokes made to transgender people. HeIn a lengthy defense of “The Truth About Gender”, he makes comments such as “Gender is a Fact” and declares himself “team TERF,” a term that stands for trans-exclusionary radical female.Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling.
HisComments caused a lot of backlash and even a walkout among NetflixEmployees, and even caused a planned appearance at his high school to be postponed to avoid a student protest.
PoliticoIt was reported that Chappelle’s planned appearance at the Duke Ellington SchoolThe ArtsIn GeorgetownHe has now moved to the high school where he was educated. April22 of the originally scheduled Nov. 23 date. StudentsReports indicate that they were planning a walkout in protest of his comments on the transgender community.
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NowAccording to a statement posted on its website, the school stated that it was hoping to use the extra time to teach students and have a dialogue about the situation.
“‘The Closer’ — the most watched comedy special in Netflix’s history, which has garnered a 96% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes — has sparked a national debate around race, gender, sexuality and ‘cancel culture,’” the school wrote. “AsAs a learning institution that champions inclusion, diversity and belonging, we are deeply concerned about the well-being, dignity, and security of all members of our student body, faculty, and community. WeAlso, we believe that moving forward with the event, originally planned for, is a good idea. November23.2021, without first addressing any questions or concerns from members EllingtonCommunity, would be a missed chance for a teachable moment.”
“Dave”Is an artist, activist, and applauds school taking time to create creative and critical thinkers,” the statement was provided to Fox NewsFrom Chappelle’s publicist, Carla Sims, reads. “He supports the school’s effort to contribute to open conversations vs. cancellations.”
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The Indianapolis StarReports that ChappelleDuring a stand-up appearance, he commented on the controversy at his former high school. TheAccording to comedian, he joked that “The Closer” backlash is making it so he “can’t even raise money for children.”
“They’re”Cancelling stuff I didn’t want to do” Chappelle said.
TheA planned event is to name the campus theater in honour of the comedian. InThe school stated that the school was impressed by its impact. Chappellehas had on the institution during the years since his fame. HeHis first donation Emmy AwardAnd other memorabilia to be donated to the school. HeA masterclass was also held featuring artists such as Bradley Cooper, Chris Tucker, Erykah Badu, CommonYou can find out more. TheAlso, the statement notes that ChappelleHe has personally donated millions of dollars.
“AsAn Arts institution, EllingtonThis is a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of such important conversations. TheChanges in date EllingtonThe chance to not only engage in the discussion that is sparked by the SpecialBut to lead it, especially since Dave”It is one of our own,” reads a statement by principal Sandi Logan.
The Principle’sComments echo those made by the school in its statement.
“WeWe will all be able to lean into this moment together. WeWe have had listening sessions with students and allowed for different viewpoints. WeWe are committed towards creating a community where all individuals feel heard and supported,” the school statement says.ThoseThese conversations are ongoing. AdditionallyUse Chappelle’s latest works as the impetus, we have expanded our social studies curriculum to include content related to political activism, civic engagement, arts activism and the intersections of race, gender and sexuality. OurThe objective is to promote dialogue around artistic freedom, artistic responsibility.
TheStatement concludes: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 rights and dignity of all its members.”
Source: Fox News