Venue Cancels Dave Chappelle Performance, Vows To Become ‘the Safest Space’
First Avenue, a concert venue in Minneapolis, Minnesota, canceled a planned performance by comedian Dave Chappelle—mere hours before he was slated to take the stage.
The venue explicitly cited criticism from progressives, who view the platforming of Chappelle as an act of violence against the transgender community, given his jokes about this group.
“To staff, artists, and our community, we hear you and we are sorry,” wrote a spokesperson for First Avenue in a statement. “We know we must hold ourselves to the highest standards, and we let you down.”
The statement goes on to describe First Avenue venues as “the safest spaces” in the country.
“We believe in diverse voices and the freedom of artistic expression, but in honoring that, we lost sight of the impact this would have,” noted the venue’s organizers.
We hear you. Tonight’s show has been cancelled at First Avenue and is moving to the Varsity Theater. See our full statement for more. pic.twitter.com/tkf7rz0cc7
— First Avenue (@FirstAvenue) July 20, 2022
First Avenue can invite and disinvite whomever it wants, of course. But it’s hard to see this move as anything other than cowardly and counterproductive.
For one thing, canceling the performance does not even accomplish the narrow goal of stopping Chappelle from speaking. As the statement noted, the performance was merely bei
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