Dave Chappelle drops name of high school theater amid controversy – Deadline

Dave Chappelle drops name of high school theater amid controversy – Deadline

The theater building at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington DC was to be officially named at a ceremony tonight after one of the school’s most famous graduates: Dave Chappelle.

The nomination was in consideration of Chappelle’s support for the school, especially after he and his friends were the group that raised the most money for the building.

Chappelle has been at the center of controversy after comments in his Netflix special last year were seen as transphobic. During a visit to the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in November, he was even confronted by students there.

Good, according Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin and others reporting, at tonight’s ceremony, the comedian announced he wouldn’t be putting his name to the theater after all. Instead, he decided it would be called the Theater of Artistic Freedom and Expression.

He then explained how his work has been characterized and analyzed.

“I saw in the newspaper that a man dressed in women’s clothes threw a pie at the Mona Lisa and tried to disfigure her. And that made me laugh and I thought, ‘It’s like The closest.’ “

Chappelle said The closest was portrayed unfairly in the press.

“You can’t report on an artist’s work and take away an artistic nuance,” he argued.

The comedian compared to reporting the news that a big bunny shot a man in the face, but not telling them the work depicted was a Bugs Bunny cartoon.

“When you say I can’t say something, the more urgent it is for me to say it. It has nothing to do with what you say, I can’t tell. It has everything to do with my freedom of artistic expression.

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