US comedian ‘canceled’ over LGBTQ comments — RT Games & Culture
Following controversy about Dave Chappelle’s jokes regarding transgender people, a scheduled Dave Chappelle show was moved to a different venue.
American comedian Dave Chappelle, winner of Emmy Awards for comedy, had his show cancelled Thursday just before he was due to perform after controversy about his jokes regarding transgender people.
Chappelle was scheduled to perform at First Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota. However, the venue informed Chappelle that they had cancelled the performance and will move it to another location.
“Staff, artists and the community: We are sorry. We recognize that we need to be held accountable and admit we failed you. First Ave is more than a place with people inside it. We understand First Ave has a meaning beyond its walls.,” the venue tweeted.
First Avenue said it supports freedom of expression but that it “This would have had a huge impact on the lives of many..” The show was eventually moved to Varsity Theater.
The comedian faced backlash from the LGBTQ community after his recent Netflix special ‘The Closer’, in which he made comments about transgender genitalia, drawing the ire of advocacy groups that said his remarks could lead to transgender people being harmed.
He has also spoken out in defense of J.K. Rowling, the author of the ‘Harry Potter’ series of books, who has been harshly criticized for comments deemed by some to be transphobic.
Dave Chappelle, famed for his comedy sketches and stand-up routines, was dubbed “the comic genius of America” in 2006 by Esquire magazine. He won three Grammys, five Emmy Awards, and three Grammys.
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