comedian Dave Chappelle suddenly visited his alma mater. Washington DCSome students reportedly expected him to apologize following the blowback of the popular “closer” comedy special at Netflix this year.
“I’m 16 years old. I think you’re childish. You treated it like a child,” the student said, adding that Chapel is a “bigot.” Politico Playbook reported on Thursday After talking to the participants of the event.
“My friends, in honor, don’t think you can make one of the decisions I have to make on a particular day,” he replied, according to a student who spoke about the event.
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Chapel has faced a long-standing backlash, with “transphobia” to jokes in his stand-up comedy, including after “Closer,” who commented on Netflix last month, such as “Gender is a fact.” Claims to be. The special has been panned by the Transcommunity and some Netflix employees, but has been well received by the general public.
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According to the Politico Playbook, he appeared at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in DC on Tuesday, with 580 students filling the auditorium. The comedian graduated from school in 1991.
The school initially moved his appearance from November 23 to April 22 because of the threat of students leaving in protest, apparently before returning to the original plan.
Politico reported answering another hostile question from the student. “No matter what art I do at this school, I’m better than all instrument players and artists. Now I’m better than all of you. I’m sure it will change. You’ll soon be. I’m sure it will be the name of the house. “
“I’ll kill your comedy,” another student shouted to him.
“N —— is killed every day,” he reportedly replied. “The media isn’t here, right?”
“As a parent, I must say that I really have a problem …. He was seriously dead and was using the recorded N-word. How the school allowed it. Do you show a good judgment? ”One parent said about the event.
Chapel spokesman Carla Sims did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the Fox News event. She told Politico, “They are complaining that he spoke and said n-word. If anything, Dave has the school on the map.”
“He said these kids deserve F for forgiveness,” Sims added, saying he didn’t want the students to apologize to him during his visit. But “give them some space to grow. They will say immature.”
A Duke Ellington official added that the comedian encouraged students with problems with his comedy to ask him questions, and about eight students had come forward.
“During conversations with students and staff, Chapel was particularly dissatisfied and asked questions, which resulted in Silent Majority for Chapel’s supporters,” said Duke Ellington spokesman Savannah Overton. ..
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“Our principal was contacted after the rally by several students who were disappointed that they couldn’t express their support for Chapel at this forum,” she added.
Despite the apparently tense moments, students said Chapel was in a softened tone by the end of the visit, condemning the threat of murder that some students had protested against him. One student described him as “really kind.”
“His overall tone has changed,” one of the students told Politico. “This is my family and I love these kids whether they know it or not …. I don’t want to hear about the threat to these kids. These kids We don’t deserve it. “
“He was really kind,” the student added. “If [only] he [had] I acted that way all the time. … There was no reason to be mean to us. He was just laughing at the kids. “
He also gave each student three tickets for his documentary “Untitled” and 600 meals for the students and staff for Thanksgiving.