Dave Chappelle declines to have highschool's theater named after him over backlash to comedy particular

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Comic Dave Chappelle stated Monday night time that he declined to have a theater at his Washington, D.C., highschool named after him amid controversy over jokes about transgender folks in his newest stand-up present, in accordance with studies. 

The Duke Ellington College of the Arts had deliberate a dedication ceremony Monday honoring Chappelle and his “ongoing dedication and repair to the varsity and advocacy for the humanities.”

Dave Chappelle arrives at Kennedy Middle for the Performing Arts in Washington to just accept the twenty second Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
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The constructing will as an alternative be known as the Theater for Inventive Freedom and Expression.

Chappelle, who attended the ceremony, stated he was “sincerely harm” by backlash from college students to his controversial Netflix particular “The Nearer” when he visited his alma mater in November.

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“I took quite a lot of chilly photographs in enterprise… however that day, they harm me,” Chappelle advised these gathered, in accordance with USA At the moment. 

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The comic defended his particular and his proper to free speech.

Dave Chappelle graduated from Washington D.C.'s Duke Ellington School of the Arts in 1991. 

Dave Chappelle graduated from Washington D.C.’s Duke Ellington College of the Arts in 1991. 
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“It doesn’t matter what they are saying about ‘The Nearer,’ it’s nonetheless (one of many) most watched specials on Netflix,” he stated. “The extra you say I can not say one thing, the extra pressing it’s for me to say it. It has nothing to do with what you’re saying I can not say. It has the whole lot to do with my freedom of inventive expression.”

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Comedian Dave Chappelle performs at Radio City Music Hall on June 19, 2014, in New York City.

Comic Dave Chappelle performs at Radio Metropolis Music Corridor on June 19, 2014, in New York Metropolis.
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He stated, when confronted by the scholars in regards to the particular, they “stated the whole lot about gender… they did not say something about artwork.”   

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Chappelle, who was among the many predominant donors to the varsity’s theater, stated he can be open to placing his identify on the constructing sooner or later.

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