Dave Chappelle continued to court controversy recently when he made a huge donation to his high school alma mater in Washington D.C. and encouraged his haters to do the same. Amid heavy criticism for his Netflix specials and supposedly “anti-trans” jokes, Chappelle challenged those angry with his comedy to donate to The Duke Ellington School of the Arts in order to build a new theater and support their arts program. The school then pressed to name the theater after the ground-breaking artist.
“Having the theater named after me is a great honor. Although, that was not my idea, aim or desire. At the request of our beloved school’s founder, Peggy Cooper Kafritz, I accepted,” he continued.
“In April, I intend to honor that request. If you object to my receiving this honor, I urge you to donate to the school noting your objection. If you are in favor of the theater being named ‘Chappelle’, I urge you to donate to the school, noting your approval.
But Dave Chappelle is a comedian, and despite still facing backlash and insults for his comedy routines, he hasn’t quite finished trolling the ‘woke’ masses.
Chapelle has announced that he has turned down the offer to add his name to the new theater at Duke Ellington. Instead, the theater will be named the Theater for Artistic Freedom and Expression.
Now, students and patrons will always be reminded oof the value of freedom of expression for artists, without being given the ammunition to disparage the generosity of one of the greatest comedians of this century.