‘So You Hate Free Speech?’: Dave Chappelle Fans Up in Arms After First Avenue Cancels Minneapolis Show, Ask If This Qualifies as ‘Artistic Freedom’

Comedian Dave Chappelle’s scheduled stand-up show at Minneapolis venue First Avenue got canceled hours before he was set to begin. Dave Chappelle has been in controversy for his Netflix show, “The Closer” and has been getting backlash from a few netizens over jokes on the transgender community. With the apology statement, First Avenue announced the venue has been shifted to Varsity Theatre. 

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Dave Chappelle
Dave Chappelle

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Why did Dave Chappelle receive backlash?

Stand-up Comedian Dave Chappelle
Stand-up Comedian Dave Chappelle

Dave Chappelle’s Netflix special “The Closer,” discussed controversies surrounding gender identity. “The Dave Chappelle show tonight at First Avenue has been canceled and is moving to the Varsity Theater,” the First Avenue’s social media post read. The statement by First Avenue acknowledged backlash to the initial booking and said,  “We hear you and we are sorry.”

Netizens’ reaction to Dave Chappelle’s canceled show

As the news broke of Dave Chappelle’s stand-up gig being canceled and shifted to a new venue, netizens responded to the statement and reacted on Twitter. A user jokingly said, “how dare they book someone I don’t like”.

Another user questioned, “you hate free speech huh?”.

“they cancelled the show of a man with views they don’t like” a user tweeted while stating that he is “pretty sure” that this could be the reason.

A user sarcastically voiced online about the “diversity of opinion” with the hashtag #TCNT

Dave Chappelle’s New Venue for the show

Dave Chapelle with the people
Dave Chapelle will now be performing at Varsity Theatre

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Netizens bombarded First Avenue’s Twitter feed with the statement about changing the venue for Dave Chappelle’s standup show. Soon after the statement, Varsity Theatre announced the confirmation of hosting the Dave Chappelle show with the caption, “Attention Dave Chappelle Fans! The show scheduled for tonight at First Ave has now been moved to Varsity Theater.” 

According to a report by Live Nation, the tickets at First Avenue were sold out. The statement by the venue concluded and stated that all the ticketholders will receive an email with information regarding transferring tickets to the new venue, Varsity Theater.

Dave Chappelle’s stand-up special, The Closer was released on October 5, 2021, and is streaming on Netflix

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