“I don’t give a f-“: Dave Chappelle is not backing down, refuses to apologize for ‘offending’ high school students with his humor

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WASHINGTON, DC – Dave Chappelle, who has been making headlines over the conflict his new Netflix special “The Closer” made with staffers at the streaming service, is once again standing firm in who he is and what he says.

This time, he made a visit to his high school alma mater, the Duke Ellington School of Arts, just a few days before Thanksgiving. 

The controversy stemmed from statements he made about transgendered people and other “marginalized” groups in the comedy special. 

 In part, Chapelle said: 

“Gender is a fact…every person on earth had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on earth. That is a fact.”

At the high school event with almost 600 students, he was met with both cheers and boos.  

After speaking, he opened the floor for some Q & A. It went as you would expect, resembling some of the college scenes where conservative figures like Ben Shapiro, Charlie Kirk and Candace Owens field questions from people who very much wish the three of them didn’t exist. 

Politico’s Tara Palmeri spoke to some of the students and even a few parents. Here is what they told her. 

One student addressed the comedian by calling him a bigot, before adding about his response to the Netflix issue, “I’m 16 and I think you’re childish, you handled it like a child.”

Chappelle responded. 

“My friend, with all due respect, I don’t believe you could make one of the decisions I have to make on a given day.”

This allegedly upset a few of the students, with one even leaving the assembly, to which Chappelle commented: 

“Of course she left early.”

After the event, Chappelle spokesperson Carla Sims said that student “couldn’t even entertain the idea of a conversation.”

“He could tell we were nervous,” a student told Politico. “It was a huge power imbalance of this grown man and his camera crew — and these 14- to 18 year-olds without their phones, just high school kids.”

Wait, what? Did you know that cell phones give high school kids power? Without them, they are just, well…high school kids.

At one point, following a barrage of questions that were “antagonistic” towards Chapelle, he said: 

“I’m better than every instrumentalist, artist, no matter what art you do in this school, right now, I’m better than all of you. I’m sure that will change. I’m sure you’ll be household names soon.”

Another student shouted out, “Your comedy kills.”

Without missing a beat, Chapelle said, “N—-s are killed every day. The media’s not here, right?”

A parent who spoke to Politico said, “As a parent, I have to say I have a real problem. … He was being dead serious and using the n-word on the record. What kind of judgment is the school showing to allow that?”

Sims’ response: 

“They are complaining that he talked and said the n-word. If anything, Dave is putting the school on the map.”

Turns out, Chappelle has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the school. In fact, he was scheduled to appear at a fundraising for a new theater at the school that would bear the comedian’s name. After the assembly, the school postponed the fundraiser until April 2022. 

The postponing was due to some of the student’s threatening to walk out if it still went on. 

Before leaving, Chappelle gave each person in attendance 3 tickets to a screening of his documentary at Capital One Arena. He also provided Thanksgiving meals for students and staff. 

According to students in attendance, Chappelle lightened up on the audience. 

“His whole tone changed. He said, ‘This is my family and whether they know it or not I love these kids. … I don’t want to hear about any threats to these kids. These kids don’t deserve that,’ one student said, alluding to the death threats several had received for protesting Chappelle’s Netflix special.

‘He was really kind,’ the student added. ‘If [only] he [had] acted that way the whole time. … There was no reason to be mean to us. He was just laughing at kids.'”

But not all the students were opposed to the comments made by Chapelle. 

The school’s spokesperson pointed out that some students felt that they were not able to voice their support. 

“Our principal was approached by several students after the assembly who were disappointed that they were not able to voice their support for Chappelle in this forum,” said Savannah Overton.

There were some people in the mainstream that came to Chappelle’s defense after the event. 

But there are plenty who want to see him cancelled for daring to speak his mind. And to the cancel-culture on Twitter, Chappelle had this to say:

“I don’t give a f—, cause Twitter’s not a real place.”

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Dave Chappelle performing to sold out crowd: “If this is what being canceled is like, I love it.”

Dave Chappelle, who is a famous comedian, recently came under fire because of his Netflix Special “The Closer.”

In that stand-up routine, Chappelle attacks everyone with his comedy, including the LGBTQ community.

Chappelle, who is seemingly not concerned about the backlash, addressed a sold-out crowd in San Francisco, California by saying, “If this is what being canceled is like, I love it.”

So why is Chappelle saying that he has been canceled?

It is because Netflix released “The Closer” which has several jokes inside of it that are “offensive” to many, including the LGTBQ community.

Chappelle specifically commented at one point during the routine that “gender is a fact,” which is something that goes against what transgender people believe.

This of course sparked outrage and the calling for Chappell’s show to be canceled on Netflix. The problem is that the show is too popular and the company has refused to shelve it.

This of course is throwing people into despair because the politically woke community is not accustomed to people not backing down. It probably makes it worse because Chappell is not bothered in the least about the demands and seemingly has no intention of stopping his comedy routines any time soon.

Now members of the LGBTQ community are requesting to meet with Chappell in hopes that they can, at the very least, speak to him about what is upsetting them.

Chappell, who has said that he is confused as to why they want to talk to him, said he is willing…when he is ready. Chappell said:

“It’s been said in the press that I was invited to speak to the transgender employees at Netflix, and I refused. That is not true. If they would’ve invited me, I would have accepted it. Although, I am confused about what we are speaking about.

I said what I said, and boy, I heard what you said. My God, how could I not? You said you want a safe working environment at Netflix. Well, it seems like I am the only one that can’t go to the office.”

Chappell then added that he is more than willing to speak to any member of the transgender community, but on his terms. He said:

“I am more than willing to give you an audience, but you will not summon me, I am not bending to anybody’s demands. And if you want to meet with me, I’d be more than willing to, but I have some conditions.

“First of all, you cannot come if you have not watched my special from beginning to end. You must come to a place of my choosing at a time of my choosing. And thirdly, you must admit that Hannah Gadsby is not funny.”

Gadsby, a member of the LGBTQ community and comedian, weighed in on the situation after a leaked memo from Netflix’s CEO Ted Sarandos surfaced in which he used her as an illustration of how the company was “working hard to ensure marginalized communities aren’t defined by a single story.”

Gadsby wrote on Instagram:

“Just a quick note to let you know that I would prefer if you didn’t drag my name into your mess. Now I have to deal with even more of the hate and anger that Dave Chappell’s fans like to unleash on me…

You didn’t pay me nearly enough to deal with the real-world consequences of the hate speech dog-whistling you refuse to acknowledge…Fuck you and your amoral algorithm cult…I do shits with more back bone than you. That’s just a joke! I definitely didn’t cross a line because you just told the world there isn’t one.”

 

 
 
 
 
 
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While, at least for now, Chappell does not seem to be suffering any ill effects from not bending to the pressure brought by the LGBTQ community, the question is, will that maintain? With someone like Chappell…it just might.

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