Comedian Dave Chappelle had a sold-out show canceled just hours before he was to perform at a Minneapolis theater after a radical leftist group threatened violence if he was allowed to perform.
The performance venue, First Avenue, nixed the show, groveling in a statement, “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.”
First Avenue said that it had “lost sight of the impact” when it booked Chappelle and then debased itself even further by claiming it believed in providing “diverse voices and the freedom of artistic expression” to its audience while hypocritically silencing the comedian.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted, “This theater in Minneapolis booked and promoted a live show by Dave Chappelle. Activists objected, demanding they cancel it because the show ‘harms’ them and puts them in ‘danger.’ The theater capitulated and apologized for the ‘harm.’ The show will now be in a different theater.”
This theater in Minneapolis booked and promoted a live show by Dave Chappelle. Activists objected, demanding they cancel it because the show "harms" them and puts them in "danger." The theater capitulated and apologized for the "harm." The show will now be in a different theater: https://t.co/uziNxyGDfv
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 21, 2022
“Within the framework of liberal culture, it is difficult to avoid observing that Chappelle protests like the one in Minneapolis entail overwhelmingly white liberal activists trying to silence one of history’s most brilliant and successful Black comedians,” Greenwald said in another tweet.
Within the framework of liberal culture, it is difficult to avoid observing that Chappelle protests like the one in Minneapolis entail overwhelmingly white liberal activists trying to silence one of history’s most brilliant and successful Black comedians:https://t.co/xedGPWXDVw
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 21, 2022
MnUprising incited its members and supporters to “cover their faces and stay dangerous,” threatening violence while protesting “transphobe” Chappelle outside the venue on Wednesday, according to the Daily Mail.
Chappelle’s show has now been relocated to Varsity Theater, a venue not owned by First Avenue.
The apology mantra by First Avenue continued as they begged for forgiveness from leftists over having a comedian voice free speech. They apologized to “staff, artists, and our community.”
They also noted that “some will not agree with this decision” and encouraged feedback in an effort to mollify those who were offended at the venue dropping Chappelle.
Breaking: Militant far-left groups in Minneapolis are calling for a violent direct action against Dave Chappelle's show tonight. They led an onslaught against @FirstAvenue & successfully pressured it to cancel. Now show has moved to the @VarsityTheater. https://t.co/7cgkLuclJy pic.twitter.com/rAMMAYaeJX
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) July 20, 2022
The show sold out in five minutes on Monday and calls for it to be canceled began immediately.
A petition to boot the comedian from performing at First Avenue had previously circulated on Change.org, stating, “Dave Chappelle has a record of being dangerous to trans people, and First Avenue has a duty to protect the community. Chappelle’s actions uphold a violent heteronormative culture and directly violate First Avenue’s code of conduct. If staff and guests are held to this standard, performers should be too.”
Varsity Theater announced Chappelle’s relocated show on Twitter and said it would be a “phone-free experience.'” Activists accused the theater of providing cover for the comic’s controversial jokes.
Attention Dave Chappelle Fans! The show scheduled for tonight at First Ave has now been moved to Varsity Theater. Your tickets from First Ave will be honored. Doors open at 8PM and we highly recommend arriving early.
This event will be a phone-free experience. pic.twitter.com/khrphPmqZo
— Varsity Theater (@VarsityTheater) July 20, 2022
Many fans asserted that canceling Chappelle yet again will just give him more material to work with.
One person on Twitter wrote, “The crazy thing about this Dave Chappelle cancellation due to complaining activists is that the activists wouldn’t have gone to the show in the first place. You can’t be FOR the 1st amendment when you cancel someone’s first amendment right 🙄”
Another commented, “By doing this, you gave @DaveChappelle more power than you could ever imagine.”
“Dave Chappelle is one of the greatest comedians to ever live and because he keeps WINNING they keep ATTACKING. I don’t see eye to eye on everything he believes but I respect the hell out of that man for continuing to voice what he believes #TeamTERF,” someone else tweeted.
“Unbelievable that this venue would allow a bunch of big mouth aholes to make decisions about who can appear at the venue. The more you appease these aholes the more they will cause trouble. What about the people who want to go? Punch back cowards!” one person commented.
Radio host Pat Donovan hit it out of the park, tweeting, “People who think @DaveChappelle shows should be canceled should be tied up and forced to watch Eddie Murphy Raw on repeat until they admit that they’re assholes, and then they should be deported to a country without free speech.”
People who think @DaveChappelle shows should be canceled should be tied up and forced to watch Eddie Murphy Raw on repeat until they admit that they're assholes, and then they should be deported to a country without free speech.
— Pat Donovan🎙 (@PatDonovanRadio) July 21, 2022
Chappelle has two more shows scheduled for Thursday and Friday at the Varsity Theater. No doubt, they will be sold out as well.
Fans on Twitter sounded off, claiming that the cancellation will only make Chappelle more outspoken and more popular. And then there is the whole free speech angle:
Dave Chappelle is the fucking GOAT and should be protected at all costs.
— FilmGod.eth 😈 (@the_film_god) July 21, 2022
It’s as though they’re building a metaphorical and or virtual Berlin Wall. Inside east Germany it was actually called the anti fascist wall. Go figure.
— clement clemensen (@cdclemensen) July 21, 2022
woke culture literally will come for every last person at some point.
— fred blimpstone (@peacefuljoggers) July 21, 2022
the pussification of america rolls along unabated
— He’s Just Livin’ The Meme (@ImLivinTheMeme) July 20, 2022
Just pathetic. I’m embarrassed to have ever seen shows at First Ave. Them cancelling this is going to get national attention and degraded by every major outlet
— Todd (@RadioTodd13) July 20, 2022
@FirstAvenue dumb move to cancel Dave Chappelle. Geez so tired of this stupid stuff
— Kellie Eigenheer (@KellieEigenheer) July 20, 2022
Bowing to an irrational, deranged (and, let’s be honest, tiny) mob is really not a good business model for continued patronage, First Avenue.
— Ultra Calvin Will Not Comply 🇺🇸🇺🇸🐶🏒 🎶🚜 (@shoveitjack) July 20, 2022
The only saving grace to this is that @DaveChappelle truly does not give the slightest shit about being “cancelled” and continues to pack houses in spite of the activists.
— Matt Glidewell (@jmattglidewell) July 21, 2022
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