Comedian Dave Chappelle made a surprise visit to his alma mater in Washington, D.C., the place some students reportedly anticipated him to apologize following blowback over his common “The Closer” comedy particular on Netflix this 12 months.
“I’m 16 and I think you’re childish, you handled it like a child,” a scholar mentioned, including that Chappelle is a “bigot,” Politico Playbook reported Thursday after talking to attendees of the occasion.
“My friend, with all due respect, I don’t believe you could make one of the decisions I have to make on a given day,” he responded, in accordance with students recounting the occasion.
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Chappelle has confronted years of backlash and claims that he’s “transphobic” for jokes in his stand-up acts, together with after “The Closer,” the place he made feedback such as “gender is a fact,” was launched on Netflix final month. The particular was panned by the trans group and a few workers of Netflix however boasts excessive scores amongst normal audiences.
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He made an look at D.C.’s Duke Ellington School of the Arts on Tuesday, the place 580 students packed the auditorium, in accordance with Politico Playbook. The comic graduated from the varsity in 1991.
The faculty initially moved his look from Nov. 23 to April 22 over threats of students strolling out in protest earlier than apparently going back to the unique plan.
Politico reported that he responded to a different antagonistic query from a scholar: “I’m better than every instrumentalist, artist, no matter what art you do in this school, right now, I’m better than all of you. I’m sure that will change. I’m sure you’ll be household names soon.”
“Your comedy kills,” one other scholar shouted at him.
“N—— are killed every day,” he reportedly responded, earlier than saying: “The media’s not here, right?”
“As a parent, I have to say I have a real problem. … He was being dead serious and using the N-word on the record. What kind of judgment is the school showing to allow that?” one mother or father mentioned of the occasion.
Chappelle spokesperson Carla Sims didn’t instantly reply to Fox News’ request for touch upon the occasion. She informed Politico, “They are complaining that he talked and said the n-word. If anything, Dave is putting the school on the map.”
“He said these kids deserve an F for forgiveness,” Sims added, saying he didn’t count on students to need him to apologize through the visit. But “give them some space to grow. They are going to say things that are immature.”
A Duke Ellington official added that the comic inspired students who took difficulty along with his comedy to ask him questions, and about eight students got here ahead.
“During the conversation with students and staff, Chappelle specifically invited the voices of discontent to ask questions, however as a result, the supporters of Chappelle became the silent majority,” mentioned Duke Ellington spokesperson Savannah Overton.
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“Our principal was approached by several students after the assembly who were disappointed that they were not able to voice their support for Chappelle in this forum,” she added.
Despite apparently tense moments, students mentioned Chappelle had a softened tone by the top of the visit and denounced demise threats some students acquired over protesting him. One scholar recounted him as being “really kind.”
“His whole tone changed,” one of many students informed Politico. “He said, ‘This is my family and whether they know it or not I love these kids. … I don’t want to hear about any threats to these kids. These kids don’t deserve that.’”
“He was really kind,” the coed added. “If [only] he [had] acted that way the whole time. … There was no reason to be mean to us. He was just laughing at kids.”
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He additionally gave every scholar three tickets to his documentary “Untitled” and 600 meals to students and workers for Thanksgiving.