Comedians defend Dave Chappelle in wake of Minnesota show cancellation: ‘Nobody should be censored’

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The comedy world has stood up for comedian Dave Chappelle after his Minneapolis show was canceled at the last minute due to the backlash to previous anti-trans statements made on the controversial Netflix show, “The Closer.”

Dave Chappelle was originally scheduled to perform Wednesday at the concert venue on First Avenue, but the show was moved to a smaller stage three miles away at the Varsity Theater after heated protests.

His appearance was announced on Monday and tickets for the show sold out within minutes.

Comedian Flame Monroe, who is transgender, told Fox News Digital that freedom of expression is paramount when it comes to protecting the “safest place” on Earth – the theatre.

“When I grow up, I want to be just like him, because guess what, the show has to go on,” Monroe said. “I don’t want to be censored as a comedian. I say some silly things on stage, it’s funny, it might make you think, but what it also does is teach you that I’m human.”

Dave Chappelle has been backed by the comedy community after it was canceled by a Minnesota venue earlier this week.

Dave Chappelle has been backed by the comedy community after it was canceled by a Minnesota venue earlier this week.
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Monroe insisted the venue had its priorities mixed up when it bowed to pressure to cancel the show.

“It’s not about race, color, size or gender, it’s about money. You don’t want to make money,” Monroe said, adding that comedians “don’t want to broadcast anger and hate and bitterness. You want people to do that. Laughs.”

Laughing Factory owner Jimmy Masada told Fox News Digital that “Sitcom is their haven. We have to protect the First Amendment. We can’t mitigate it. We have to be able to laugh at ourselves.”

Masada added that he hopes the Chappelle incident will not affect future comics. “It’s important that comedians come out to express their opinions,” he said.

Comedian Natalie Cuomo told Fox News Digital that “nobody should be censored” and people should be able to speak freely, especially after they’ve already been booked.

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“The place was already known,” she said. “It’s not like they released something new after they booked it. This was already on Netflix. This was already available to the public. And canceling a show at the last minute like that is just unacceptable to me.”

She addressed persistent concerns about the difficulties she really had in being able to “exercise freedom of expression” both inside and outside the theater.

“For some people, that might scare them because there seems to be a flaw in our ability to exercise freedom of expression and our opinions,” she said. “Just because someone has one opinion you don’t agree with doesn’t mean you can’t support it in any way. I think it’s really scary that our country is so polarized in this way.”

She added, “It gives me more power to say what I believe in, because it makes me want to move forward with how I feel. I don’t think it’s okay to limit what people say. I think there should always be space whatever your beliefs. It shouldn’t Nobody is being censored. I don’t think Dave Chappelle was encouraging violence in any capacity, and for anyone to say that’s a gross exaggeration.”

Protesters outside First Avenue stood alongside holders of Dave Chappelle's show before the show was canceled and relocated after a backlash on Wednesday night.

Protesters outside First Avenue stood alongside holders of Dave Chappelle’s show before the show was canceled and relocated after a backlash on Wednesday night.
(John Renan/Star Tribune)

Chappelle was at the center of the controversy over his sixth special on Netflix, “The Closer,” which was released in October and has since caused waves of heated discussions.

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“I don’t feel it’s right for people to tell others what they can and can’t say,” Danny Zoldan, owner of Stand Up New York, told Fox News Digital. “If people don’t want to support him… If people are offended by some of his transgender jokes, they don’t have to support him. They don’t have to watch a Netflix special. They don’t have to buy tickets for their show.”

“But, you know, managing the troops – who booked him in the first place – and putting pressure on them to cancel is really unfortunate. Comedians make jokes about everyone.”

Zoldan noted that Wednesday night’s cancellation set a “dangerous precedent” for censorship, and he believes only a small minority of the population has actually taken offense at his words.

“I think 99% of people don’t resent jokes,” he said. “I think only 1% have a lot of time on their hands and make a lot of noise. People work, people need to make money, people need to support their families. Like who has the time, you know, try to cancel my comic or jokes?”

With artistic freedom at stake, Zoldan insisted that people need to be able to laugh whenever and however they choose to do so.

“People should hide and be whoever you want to be,” Zoldan said. “Be straight, gay, trans, non-binary. I wish everyone the best.” “Everyone should be what he wants. At the same time, you can’t tell people what they can and can’t say. If you don’t like what someone says, don’t support it. However, move with your life. Worry about yourself.”

Dave Chappelle's Minneapolis show was canceled at the last minute after the community backlash due to comments he made on the Netflix show,

Dave Chappelle’s Minneapolis show was canceled at the last minute after the community backlash over comments he made on the Netflix show, “The Closer.”
(Matthew Peyton/Netflix)

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Comedian Craig Gass, best known on The Howard Stern Show, grew up in a “totally deaf” family with his hearing-impaired mother, father, and sister. He told us that a “massive amount” of offensive jokes were thrown his way, but chose not to give them any weight.

“The idea that anyone’s position has any power over anyone doesn’t hold up, that in the end it’s what bothers people, what really hurts is people’s feelings,” Gass said.

“No one was physically hurt. No one will be physically hurt by the stand-up comedy routine, unless Will Smith is in the audience, but it’s not something that will actually have any physical effect on your life. It’s sad to me when the censorship brings out an ugly head. .”

Gus found it “surprising” that First Avenue, who was made famous in the movie Purple Rain, canceled the party on the day of the event.

“They’re not a comedy club, but surprisingly they were a place of support… It was a platform for artists to come in and express themselves any way they wanted. I had sex on the floor and explained to Apollonia how it should be with him. And after 35 years, there are people who have hurt their feelings. So much so that Dave Chappelle wanted to make jokes on that stage.”

Gass added, “You can’t censor, especially if you enjoy stand-up comedy, and you enjoy everything but the joke that hit near you for you. I will always respectfully defend any comedian’s right to say whatever they want.”

On a Wednesday night show, Chappelle wondered if the crowd of people who had gathered to protest his appearance on First Avenue “will all be there,” but the local Star Tribune reported that the crowds had left by the time the curtains called.

Chappelle, 48, also told audience members that he thought the decision to move the show was “devastating,” and asked fans to continue supporting the popular nightclub known for being Prince’s hometown.

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“It’s an important place for our culture,” he told Tribune.

Nearly 50 trans-rights protesters lined up outside First Avenue to demonstrate against the Chappelle Show.

A representative for Chappelle did not immediately respond to a request by Fox News Digital for comment.

In “closer,” Chappelle Discuss the debate over gender identity He continued to defend his right to artistic freedom despite the backlash.

A new Netflix comedy special from Chappelle launched under the radar earlier this month, focusing on a speech he gave at his alma mater after their offer to rename a theater after him was rejected.

his lecture in Duke Ellington School of Art in Washington, DC, In November the main focus of “What in a Name” was, where he recalled how the students reacted to the offensive jokes made in “The Closer” and how he had to stand up for his voice not only for himself, but also for future generations. To be able to express their own opinions.

“When I heard those talking points coming out of these kids’ faces, it really hurt, honestly,” Chappelle said. “Because I know these kids didn’t come up with those words. I’ve heard these words before. And the more I said I couldn’t say something, the more urgent it was for me to say it.”

“And it has nothing to do with what you say I can’t say. It has to do with everything about my right, my freedom, my artistic expression. This is of value to me. This is not far from me. It deserves to protect me, and it is worth protecting for anyone else working in our noble professions.” and noble.”

“And these children did not understand that they were instruments of oppression. I did not get angry with them. They are children. They are freshmen. They are not ready yet. They do not know.”

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