Dave Chappelle’s show at a prestigious Minnesota venue was canceled hours before the comedian took the stage amid controversy over his material.
First Avenue in Minneapolis apologized to its artists, staff and the community after backlash on social media over booking Chappelle.
The venue acknowledged in a statement that it “reasons beyond our walls” and must “hold to the highest standards”.
It comes as Chappelle was criticized for making transphobic comments on his stand-up special The Closer.
“The Dave Chappelle show tonight on First Avenue has been canceled and is moving to the Varsity Theatre,” First Avenue wrote on Instagram.
“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 will let you down.
“We’re not just a black box with people in it, and we understand that First Ave isn’t just a space, it has meaning beyond our walls.
“The First Avenue team and you have worked hard to make our venues the safest places in the country and we will continue on that mission.
“We believe in diverse voices and freedom of artistic expression, but in acknowledging that we lost sight of the impact this would have.
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“We know there are some who will disagree with this decision; You are welcome to send feedback.”
On its website, the venue states that it is “committed to creating and maintaining an environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect, free from discrimination and harassment.”
It adds that behaviors such as “discriminatory speech, including the use of racist, sexist, delusional, transphobic, homophobic, xenophobic or other biased language, including intentionally misrepresenting gender,” are undesirable.
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/dave-chappelles-show-in-minnesota-cancelled-amid-transphobia-controversy-41856603.html Dave Chappelle’s Minnesota show has been canceled amid transphobia controversy