Dave Chappelle honored at school where students protested

After a recent visit to his former high school in Washington, DC took a tense turn, Dave Chappelle returns to find out more.

On Monday, the 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. Concerns from some students over 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 drive the dedication in the name of “art as a free and open form of expression, both to reflect and to challenge society.”

“The debates among some Ellington students largely mirror those in Washington, DC and across the country,” the school said in a statement in December.

“Students’ differing viewpoints reflect disagreements about a variety of socioeconomic factors, including class, race, and gender expression.”

It’s unclear if Monday’s event, “The Excellence of Ellington: An Evening With Dave Chappelle,” will include an appearance from the evening’s honoree. The school did not immediately respond to a query from The Times on Monday.

The inauguration comes a few months after Chappelle returned to his alma mater in the fall to talk about his Netflix special The Closer and was reportedly given a cold reception from students. At the time, the comic was under fire for transphobic comments he made during the special. Chappelle has doubled down on his material and remains accused of promoting anti-transgender rhetoric.

Amid the controversy, and despite many of its own employees openly protesting the special, Netflix hasn’t wavered in its support of Chappelle, who headlined the streaming giant’s comedy festival earlier in the year.

During his recent trip to Ellington, Chappelle was reportedly told by a student that he had dealt with the backlash to his Netflix special “like a kid”, while another reportedly shouted “your comedy kills” from the audience of around 600 Has. According to Politico, Chappelle was quick to dismiss the students’ criticism.

On Sunday, the school invited its “donors, sponsors and friends” to “An Evening With Dave Chappelle,” which will include “an unveiling, a theatrical opening and a production full of surprises for Dave and the audience.”

“The naming is in recognition of his continued dedication and service to the school and his advocacy for the arts,” reads the event’s description.

“Ellington’s co-founder, Peggy Cooper Cafritz, believed deeply in the transformative power of the arts, and she hoped Chappelle would use his platform to bring more resources and exposure to the school.”

The ceremony, which begins around 7:00 p.m. EST, is part of the school’s “Million Dollar Challenge” to raise $2 million for “pre-professional art education” not funded by the local school district. Tickets for the dedication range from $250 to $450.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-06-20/dave-chappelle-high-school-theater-student-criticism Dave Chappelle honored at school where students protested

Sarah Ridley

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