Update: Dave Chappelle Shocks Students By Turning Down Naming Honor

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7:06 PM PT -- Chappelle is shifting gears ... at tonight's naming ceremony, he announced he is not placing his name on the Duke Ellington High School theater. Instead, Chappelle decided it will be called the Theater for Artistic Freedom and Expression. While addressing the crowd, Chappelle mentioned the backlash from students about his special "The Closer" sincerely hurt him.


Despite protests, Dave Chappelle’s high school is finally dedicating a theater to him​

A bald man wearing a plaid yellow shirt and speaking into a microphone.

Dave Chappelle at the 2021 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland.

(David Richard / Associated Press)
BY CHRISTI CARRASSTAFF WRITER
JUNE 20, 2022 12:27 PM PT


After a recent visit to his former high school in Washington, D.C., took a tense turn, Dave Chappelle is going back for more.

On Monday, Duke Ellington School of the Arts is dedicating its theater to one of its most famous alumni after students at the school criticized the comedian in November. Some students’ concerns about Chappelle’s latest Netflix special, “The Closer,” previously prompted the school to delay renaming its theater after the performer.


In December, the school announced that it would move forward with the dedication in the name of “art as a free and open form of expression to both reflect and challenge society.”

“The debates among some Ellington students largely mirror those that exist across Washington, D.C., and the country as a whole,” the school said in a statement in December.

“The varying viewpoints expressed by students reflect differences of opinion across a wide variety of socioeconomic factors, including class, race, and gender expression.”

It’s unclear whether Monday’s event, “The Excellence of Ellington: An Evening With Dave Chappelle,” will feature a performance from the night’s honoree. The school did not immediately respond Monday to an inquiry from The Times.

The dedication comes several months after Chappelle returned to his alma mater in the fall to discuss his Netflix special “The Closer” and reportedly received a cold welcome from students. At the time, the comic was under fire for transphobic remarks he made during the special. Chappelle has doubled down on his material and continued to be accused of promoting antitransgender rhetoric.

In the wake of the controversy and despite many of its own employees openly protesting the special, Netflix has not wavered in its support of Chappelle, who headlined the streaming giant’s comedy festival earlier this year.

During his last trip to Ellington, Chappelle was reportedly told by one student that he handled the backlash to his Netflix special “like a child,” while another reportedly shouted, “Your comedy kills,” from the audience of about 600. According to Politico, Chappelle swiftly dismissed the students’ criticisms.

On Sunday, the school invited its “donors, sponsors and friends” to attend “An Evening With Dave Chappelle,” which will include “an unveiling, theater dedication, and a production filled with surprises for Dave and the audience.”

“The naming comes in appreciation for his ongoing commitment and service to the school and advocacy for the arts,” the event description reads.

“Ellington’s co-founder Peggy Cooper Cafritz was a fierce believer in the transformative power of the arts and it was her hope that Chappelle would use his platform to bring more resources and attention to the school.”

The ceremony, which kicks off around 7 p.m. Eastern, is part of the school’s “Million Dollar Challenge” to raise $2 million for “pre-professional arts training” not funded by the local school district. Tickets to the dedication range from $250 to $450.

 
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Dave challenged both his supporters and his opponents -- asking both sides to raise money for the school, and if the opponents raised more money, he'd gladly forego the honor of having the building renamed. As it turns out, his supporters raised the most money so the building will be called the Dave Chappelle Theatre.:youngsabo:
 

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Dave challenged both his supporters and his opponents -- asking both sides to raise money for the school, and if the opponents raised more money, he'd gladly forego the honor of having the building renamed. As it turns out, his supporters raised the most money so the building will be called the Dave Chappelle Theatre.:youngsabo:

Flawless execution :wow:
 

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Dave challenged both his supporters and his opponents -- asking both sides to raise money for the school, and if the opponents raised more money, he'd gladly forego the honor of having the building renamed. As it turns out, his supporters raised the most money so the building will be called the Dave Chappelle Theatre.:youngsabo:


This is why Dave is the GOAT
 

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EXCLUSIVE

DAVE CHAPPELLE SHOCKS STUDENTS By Turning Down Naming Honor​

6/20/2022 1:00 AM PT​

UPDATE
7:06 PM PT -- Chappelle is shifting gears ... at tonight's naming ceremony, he announced he is not placing his name on the Duke Ellington High School theater. Instead, Chappelle decided it will be called the Theater for Artistic Freedom and Expression. While addressing the crowd, Chappelle mentioned the backlash from students about his special "The Closer" sincerely hurt him

 

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EXCLUSIVE

DAVE CHAPPELLE SHOCKS STUDENTS By Turning Down Naming Honor​

6/20/2022 1:00 AM PT​

UPDATE
7:06 PM PT -- Chappelle is shifting gears ... at tonight's naming ceremony, he announced he is not placing his name on the Duke Ellington High School theater. Instead, Chappelle decided it will be called the Theater for Artistic Freedom and Expression. While addressing the crowd, Chappelle mentioned the backlash from students about his special "The Closer" sincerely hurt him


Checkmate :wow:
 

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dave chappelle

TMZ.com
EXCLUSIVE

DAVE CHAPPELLE SHOCKS STUDENTS By Turning Down Naming Honor​

6/20/2022 1:00 AM PT​

UPDATE
7:06 PM PT -- Chappelle is shifting gears ... at tonight's naming ceremony, he announced he is not placing his name on the Duke Ellington High School theater. Instead, Chappelle decided it will be called the Theater for Artistic Freedom and Expression. While addressing the crowd, Chappelle mentioned the backlash from students about his special "The Closer" sincerely hurt him

Well done. He knows they can always change the name later if he puts his name on it as well. This prevents it but makes it clear, in a way, that he is the one who named it, while protesting his situation as well.
 
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