Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Georgetown quietly cancelled a fundraiser with Dave Chappelle after student protest, the National Review reported.
Students threatened to stage a walkout of the event because of Chappelle’s recent standup special, where he makes several remarks that students found disquieting.
In response to the backlash, the school—which is Chappelle’s alma mater—cancelled the event which was meant to raise funds for a new theater named after the comedian. School officials later said the event might be rescheduled.
Invitations were sent to patrons; however, the school still opted to scrub the event.
Chappelle being canceled surely must come as a surprise to the woke leftists at CNN, who previously declared in a bold headline that ‘Dave Chappelle’s Trumpian claims of ‘cancel culture’ are laughable.’ While CNN’s alleged columnist Clay Cane opined, “I am not saying Chappelle should be canceled. I am only saying he has never been canceled, he is too wealthy to be canceled and yet he continues to frame himself as a target.”
The impetus for Chappelle’s cancelation started when a few disgruntled snowflakes “got into a heated debate with faculty after being told that they were expected to help assemble an exhibition to honor Chappelle on the same day as the fundraiser,” reported Politico.
“With many of their classmates identifying as LGBTQ+, the students were uncomfortable supporting the comic, and some even talked about staging a walkout if the tribute went forward.”
According to the National Review, Chappelle “has given back to his alma mater in a number of way over the years: he donated $100,000 to the school, gave it one of his Emmy awards in 2017, delivered a commencement address, held a master class for students and regularly visited campus with other notable celebrities, including Bradley Cooper and Chris Tucker.”
In this storm of discontent, Chappelle has remained unyielding and has said he is “not bending to anybody’s demands.”
“To the transgender community, I am more than willing to give you an audience,” Chappelle said while performing last month. “But you will not summon me.”
Many online pointed out that if the school wanted to shirk its own donors over reasons of political correctness, perhaps they should return the money that was gifted to them.
They should do the right thing and refund all contributions he has made. Promptly
— Protest Mike (@ProtestMike) November 12, 2021
If they really want to cancel Chappelle, perhaps they should return the $100K he donated to them?
— ??️?Dr. Russian Bot ?️?? (@sonysamurai75) November 12, 2021
Headline USA’s Mark Pellin contributed to this report.