On Monday, storied Minneapolis venue First Avenue introduced tickets for a Dave Chappelle present set to happen tonight (July 20). Following backlash stemming from Chappelle’s current historical past of telling transphobic jokes, the venue introduced immediately that tonight’s present has been canceled. It would as a substitute happen at a unique venue, the Varsity Theater, which is internet hosting extra exhibits from Chappelle later within the week. First Avenue additionally issued an apology for reserving the comic. Pitchfork has reached out to Chappelle’s representatives for remark.
“To employees, artists, and our neighborhood, we hear you and we’re sorry,” the assertion begins. “We all know we should maintain ourselves to the very best requirements, and we all know we allow you to down. We aren’t only a black field with individuals in it, and we perceive that First Ave isn’t just a room, however significant past our partitions.” It continues:
Chappelle lately addressed the backlash to his transphobic jokes in a brand new Netflix launch earlier this month known as What’s in a Identify?. In 2020, he addressed the homicide of George Floyd within the Emmy-nominated particular 8:26.
First Avenue is a historic venue that was featured within the Prince movie Purple Rain. Examine First Avenue in Pitchfork’s characteristic “36 of America’s Finest Impartial Music Venues on Surviving and What’s Subsequent.”