Last week, comedy venue First Avenue caved to public pressure and cancelled Dave Chappelle’s stand-up show just a few hours before it was set to begin, forcing the comedian to relocate the show to an alternate location elsewhere in Minneapolis.

Source: Dave Chappelle: Equanimity (2017), Netflix

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At the time, the now-disgraced performance venue issued a statement attempting to explain their reasoning behind the comedy show’s cancellation, claiming that their belief in “freedom of artistic expression” had made them lose sight of “the impact” Chappelle’s show would have on the public.

“To staff, artists, and our community, we hear you and we are sorry,” First Avenue began their 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,”

Source: First Avenue, Twitter

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The insufferably woke and hypocritical statement went on, “The First Avenue team and you have worked hard to make our venues the safest spaces in the country, and we will continue with that mission.”

“We believe in diverse voices and the freedom of artistic expression,” the venue insisted, “but in honoring that, we lost sight of the impact this would have. We know there are some who will not agree with this decision; you are welcome to send feedback.”

As it concluded, the woke performance venue confirmed that the show had been moved to the neighboring Varsity Theater and ultimately reassured paying customers that they would be receiving an email with the necessary information to make the transfer to the new venue.

Source: Dave Chappelle: Sticks and Stones (2017), Netflix

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Following his eventual performance at the Varsity Theater, reviews of the show began to pop up online and revealed that the famed comedian had a few choice words for those critical of his routines.

According to a review of Chappelle’s show written by Star Tribune columnist Neal Justin, during his set, the comedian ridiculed the activists who had spent hours outside of the venue protesting his appearance by “swearing through bullhorns and picking fights with fans.”

Source: Dave Chappelle: Redemption Song (2021), Netflix

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The comedian allegedly referred to the protesters as “transgender lunatics”, allegedly joking about them being hired by his wife to make him miserable and shrugging off the idea that they were dangerous.

“I can see a transgender hit squad coming from a mile away,” said Chappelle.

Source: Dave Chappelle: Deep in the Heart of Texas (2017), Netflix

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The comedian also joked about monkeypox, unapologetically calling it a “gay disease” – a reference to how, as a study conducted by The New England Journal of Medicine recently confirmed, the current virus outbreak has been overwhelminglytransmitted via sexual intercourse between men.

“To date, the current spread has disproportionately affected men who are gay or bisexual and other men who have sex with men, which suggests amplification of transmission through sexual networks,” the study concluded.

Source: Dave Chappelle at the Hollywood Bowl for Netflix Is A Joke Fest. Cr. Mathieu Bitton/Netflix © 2022

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