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Dave Chappelle declines to have high school theater named for him after students deem him a “bigot”

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Dave Chappelle Photo: Netflix screenshot Dave Chappelle declined to have his former high school to name its theater after him due to student backlash over transphobic remarks he has made over the past several months. During a dedication speech at the Duke Ellington School for the Arts in Northwest Washington, D.C., the comedian told the audience that he didn’t want his name to distract students from their art.

The announcement came as a surprise to the crowd assembled Monday night for the ceremony. Chappelle said that he’d made the decision on Friday. The comedian will instead donate $100,000 to the theater, which will be called the Theater for Artistic Freedom and Expression.

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A defensive Chappelle said criticism from students “sincerely hurt me,” and claimed that those who objected to the dedication, “said everything about gender… they didn’t say anything about art,” according to USA Today .

Chappelle drew widespread criticism last fall for transphobic and anti-LGBTQ remarks made in what he’s said will be the final of several high-profile Netflix comedy specials. In The Closer , Chapelle announces that he considers himself a transgender exclusionary radical feminist (TERF) and […]

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