A theater in Minneapolis canceled a sold out Dave Chappelle show yesterdaycausing the performance to be moved to a different location just hours before Chappelle was due to take the stage. This is per CNNreporting that the First Avenue theater in Minneapolis released a statement on Instagram this weekincluding an apology to “staff, artists and our community” for not living up to “our highest standards” for booking Chappelle, who has been heavily criticized in recent years for a) transphobic material in his various comedy sets and specials and b) getting very angry with people who suggest that transphobic material from one of the most famous and popular comedians in the world could be a way to propagate harmful attitudes towards transgender people.
The First Avenue post didn’t specifically cite Chappelle’s transphobic material as the reason for the cancellation — or the presence of a small group of protesters outside the theater prior to Chappelle’s performance — but the statement cites the “impact” the performance of Chappelle would have. “You and the First Avenue team have worked hard to make our sites the safest spaces in the country,” the statement reads in part.
Chappelle, who was performing at the Varsity Theater that night, of course addressed the cancellation, calling protesters “transgender lunatics” and spread rumors that First Avenue staffers had threatened to cancel his show. (He also managed to line up about monkeypox being a “gay disease” because if there’s one place Chappelle sticks to the cutting edge of modern comedy, it is in finding the most recent and harmful false stories to spread.)
Anyway, prepare your bodies for yet another chapter in the ongoing debate over whether Dave Chappelle — who is still worth mentioning, should do a show last night where he charged $130 a pop so people could hear him do an hour about how quiet he is — is being canceled .