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Dave Chappelle show canceled following outcry over his anti-trans jokes
Dave Chappelle Photo: Netflix screenshot The Minneapolis venue originally scheduled to host Dave Chappelle’s July 20 night show cancelled the event following criticism of the comedian’s transphobic material. First Avenue, which was featured in Prince’s 1984 film Purple Rain , posted a statement to its official Instagram announcing the cancellation and apologizing to the community.
“To staff, artists, and our community, we hear you and we are sorry,” the post read. “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.”
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“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,” it continued. “We believe in diverse voices and the freedom of artistic expression, 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.” The show was […]